Sikorsky and Boeing on Wednesday offered military equipment enthusiasts a first look at the helicopter SB> 1 Defiant, a joint project that contractors are developing for the Joint Multi-role Technology Demonstration program.
According to Washington Business Journal, the new helicopter, equipped with a new advanced circular rotor system, contains active vibration control, a composite body and sufficient space for a "crew of four and 12 troops equipped with soldiers."
Sikorsky and Boeing provide the first glimpse of the new helicopter of SB> 1 DEFIANT ™.
"SB> 1 DEFIANTTM is designed to fly with twice the speed and range of today's conventional helicopters and offers advanced agility and maneuverability, "the Boeing said in a statement." It will help inform the next generation of military helicopters as part of the future program Vertical Elevator of the US Army. "
"Data from SB> 1 DEFIANTTM will help the Army to develop requirements for new communal helicopters that are expected to enter service in the early 2030s, "the statement added.
The Sikorski-Boing team offers a hidden view of its new SB> 1 DEFIANT ™ helicopter.
The Defiant Chopper had previously been scheduled to launch test flights in 2018, but after officials discovered technical hurdles, tests were pushed back by 2019. This comes after its initial scheduled flight tests for 2017 were postponed.
"We will lose our first flight at the beginning of 2019," Rich Kukerawi, director of business development for Sikorski for future vertical elevators (FVL) told reporters in early December. "Although not necessary, I'm sure what many people would like – it's not necessarily what we would like – we continue to build confidence in our configuration."
Speaking to Defense Reports, Randy Rotte, Boeing's global sales and marketing director for cargo helicopters and FVL, gave little details of exactly what caused technical defects, writing them "a few small things."
One of the two designs that entered the protestor's program, the Sikorsky-Boeing team is competing against the B-280 Tiltrolor plane, which was reportedly heading for the sky since December 2017.