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Boeing-Sikorsky Team Demos SB-1 Defiant Helicopter for Army; Ryan McCarthy Quoted

Boeing-Sikorsky Team Demos SB-1 Defiant Helicopter for Army; Ryan McCarthy Quoted - top government contractors - best government contracting event
Ryan McCarthy
Ryan McCarthy

A team consisting of Boeing and Lockheed Martin's Sikorsky subsidiary has conducted a flight demonstration for its SB-1 Defiant helicopter to help inform the U.S. Army's requirements for future long-range assault aircraft, Military.com reported Thursday.

The Boeing-Sikorsky team showcased the compound helicopter prototype's coaxial blade features and other components for aerial maneuvers as part of the demonstration.

In 2014, the team secured a contract to manufacture Defiant under the Joint Multi-Role Technology Demonstrator program aimed at helping the Army establish its goals for the Future Vertical Lift initiative. The Boeing-Sikorsky team completed its fourth flight test for the helicopter in October.

“This is a very crucial moment for the Army for bringing in these new platforms into the formation so that we can maintain that technological edge for years to come,“ said Army Secretary and 2020 Wash100 winner Ryan McCarthy during the demonstration.

The Army plans to commence a risk-reduction phase and conduct a competitive demonstration for the FLRAA program ahead of selecting a contractor by 2022.

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