Sikorsky and Boeing have released details of Defiant X, their advanced helicopter for the U.S. Army’s Future Long Range Assault Aircraft (FLRAA) competition.
The aircraft, named Defiant X, will be the “fastest, most maneuverable and most survivable assault helicopter in history,” according to Boeing. The helicopter, which will fly twice as far and fast as the Black Hawk helicopter it seeks to replace, will be capable of flying low and fast through complex terrain, land quickly, deliver soldiers and equipment, and quickly get out.
The FLRAA competition is part of the Army’s broader Future Vertical Lift initiative to upgrade the Black Hawks, AH-64 Apache attack helicopters and other aircraft, including the RQ-7 Shadow drone. The Army is expected to release a request for proposal on FLRAA later this year, with a contract award expected in 2022.
“We are ready to deliver unparalleled capabilities backed by proven technologies that will truly transform the Army’s mission today – with room to grow and adapt to the missions of tomorrow,” said Andy Adams, Sikorsky vice president of Future Vertical Lift. “Defiant X not only includes the transformational aircraft, mission systems and revolutionary sustainment solution, but also leverages Sikorsky’s and Boeing’s advanced manufacturing capabilities.”
With its rigid coaxial rotor system and pusher propeller, Defiant X incorporates Sikorsky X2 Technology to operate at high speeds while maintaining low-speed handling qualities. The capability provides soldiers with increased maneuverability and survivability in high-threat air defense environments, allowing them to penetrate enemy defenses while reducing exposure to enemy fire.
“Defiant X is purpose-built for a modernized Army that requires expanded reach, survivability and lethality,” said Steve Parker, vice president and general manager of Boeing Vertical Lift. “This weapon system will give soldiers unequaled technological advantage and connectivity over adversaries in a multi-domain battle space.”
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