Sikorsky and Boeing on Thursday announced six new members, including Magnaghi Aeronautica and Collins Aerospace, of Team DEFIANT.
The suppliers will support DEFIANT X, the advanced helicopter that Sikorsky and Boeing have proposed for the U.S. Army’s Future Long-Range Assault Aircraft (FLRAA) competition.
While Magnaghi Aeronautica will supply the landing gear, Collins Aerospace will provide the PerigonTM flight control and vehicle management computer, and aircraft seats. ATI Forged Products will supply gearbox forgings while the helicopter’s mission system computer will be provided by Elbit Systems of America. Parker Aerospace is supplying the flight controls, hydraulic pumps and modules while Marotta Controls will provide the aircraft’s electrical power system.
“Team DEFIANT is building a strong nationwide supply chain to provide the Army a transformational aircraft,” said Paul Lemmo, president of Sikorsky. “This team and its proven experience will ensure that DEFIANT X® is a low-risk, reliable and survivable aircraft for our Soldiers and the Army’s long-range assault mission.”
“DEFIANT X is the right aircraft, made by the right team, for the Army’s FLRAA mission,” said Mark Cherry, vice president and general manager of Boeing Vertical Lift. “Leveraging many existing supplier relationships, we’ve put together the best industry team to deliver a purpose-built, low-risk and cost-effective next-generation aircraft that can operate across multiple theaters, well into the future.”
The companies were selected based on performance and experience supporting the U.S. Army’s venerable Black Hawks, Apaches and Chinooks. The team’s exceptional performance will continue to ensure efficiency and affordability throughout DEFIANT X’s lifecycle, by embracing the Army’s Modular Open Systems Approach (MOSA) requirements and continuing to embrace advanced manufacturing techniques already used to design and manufacture the Army’s current fleet.
As previously announced, Honeywell will provide its new HTS7500 turboshaft engine to power DEFIANT X.
The DEFIANT X ® helicopter has arrived in Nashville to give U.S. Army Aviators a first-hand look at the Army Aviation Association of America’s annual summit. Army aviators at the summit will be able to see how Team DEFIANT is revolutionizing Future Vertical Lift, one of the Army’s top modernization priorities, with a focus on transforming the Future Long-Range Assault Aircraft program’s capabilities, production and sustainment resulting in lower-life cycle costs.
The DEFIANT X® is a complete weapon system that builds on the handling qualities and capabilities proven by the team’s technology demonstrator, SB>1 DEFIANT®.
Contract award for the U.S. Army’s Future Long-Range Assault Aircraft is expected this year.
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