A team that includes Boeing and Lockheed Martin's Sikorsky subsidiary has reached a milestone for the SB-1 Defiant helicopter that serves as its bid for a U.S. Army program, National Defense Magazine reported Tuesday.
The Boeing-Sikorsky team conducted a flight test for Defiant at Sikorsky's West Palm Beach, Fla. facility last week and saw the helicopter reach speeds of more than 200 knots.
In February, the Boeing-Sikorsky team completed its fifth flight demonstration of Defiant for the Army. The service branch awarded contracts to Bell and the Boeing-Sikorsky team a month later to commence risk-reduction and competitive demonstration activities.
Jay Macklin, director of future vertical lift business development at Sikorsky, said going beyond the 200-knot mark for conventional helicopters is “critical to the holistic survivability“ in a future combat environment and a significant milestone for the team.
The Army plans to deploy aircraft with the capacity to reach speeds of at least 230 knots, according to the report.