WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin company, and Boeing provided the first look at the SB>1 DEFIANT™ helicopter the companies have developed for the US Army’s Joint Multi-Role technology demonstrator program, a Boeing press statement said December 26.
The SB>1 DEFIANT™ is designed to fly at twice the speed and range of today’s conventional helicopters and offers advanced agility and maneuverability. It will help inform the next generation of military helicopters as part of the US Army’s Future Vertical Lift program.
The helicopter is participating in the Army’s Joint Multi-Role-Medium Technology Demonstrator program. Data from SB>1 DEFIANT™ will help the Army develop requirements for new utility helicopters expected to enter service in the early 2030s.