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Boeing-Sikorsky Team To Build New Army Vertical Lift Rotorcraft; Samir Mehta Comments

BoeingLogoBoeing and Sikorsky will submit a joint proposal to build a new aircraft for the first phase of an upcoming U.S. Army technology demonstration program, Gizmag reports.

The Joint Multi-Role Technology Demonstrator program aims to update vertical lift utility and attack aircraft, Darren Quick writes.

Samir Mehta, president of Sikorsky’s military systems business, told Gizmag the partnership will base its proposal off of Sikorsky's X2 Demonstrator coaxial rotor design.sikorsky_logo

Mehta added the company’s are aiming to develop a rotorcraft that flights at speeds of up to 265 miles per hour.

The X2 Demonstrator's coaxial rotor design includes two main rotors counter-rotating on the same vertical axis, Quick writes.

Sikorsky will lead the phase one proposal, which must be presented to the Army’s aviation applied technology directorate by March 6.

Boeing will take over the second phase, covering the mission systems demonstrator program.

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