On Wednesday, Sikorsky and Boeing offered military equipment enthusiasts a first glimpse of the SB> 1 Defiant helicopter, a joint project contractors are developing for the US Army Joint Multi-Role technology demonstration.
According to the Washington Business Journal, the new helicopter, which is equipped with a new advanced rigid rotor system, contains an active vibration control, composite fuselage and enough space for a "crew of four and 12 combat-equipped troops."
Sikorsky and Boeing take the first look at the new SB> 1 DEFIANT ™ helicopter.
"The SB> 1 CHALLENGETM is designed to fly at twice the speed and range of today's conventional helicopters and offers advanced agility and maneuverability, "said the Boeing press release. It will help inform the next generation of military helicopters as part of the Future Vertical Lift program. "
"SB data> 1 DEFIANTTM will help the Army develop requirements for new service helicopters that are due to enter service in the early 2030s, "the statement said.
The Sikorsky-Boeing team offers a preview of their new SB> 1 DEFIANT ™ helicopter.
The Defiant helicopter was scheduled to begin test flights in 2018, but after officers detected a technical setback, tests were postponed to 2019. This occurs after test flights initially scheduled for 2017 were postponed.
"We are going to launch our first flight in early 2019," said Rich Koucheravy, Sikorsky's director of business development for future vertical rises (FVL), told reporters earlier this month. "While not necessarily, I'm sure, what a lot of people would have liked – it's not necessarily what we'd like – we continue to build confidence in our setup."
Speaking to Defense News reporters, Randy Rotte, Boeing's global sales and marketing director for cargo helicopters and FVL, gave few details about what exactly caused the technical problems, calling them "a couple of small things."
One of only two projects enrolled in the protesters program, the Sikorsky-Boeing team is competing against Bell's V-280 Valor Tiltrotor aircraft, which is reportedly climbing to the skies since December 2017.