Sikorsky, and partner Boeing, are proving the scalability and tailor-ability of Sikorsky’s Collier award-winning X2 Technology™ through the SB>1 DEFIANT™.
Being developed for the U.S. Army’s joint multi-role technology demonstration program, this medium-class technology demonstrator will help inform the next generation of military helicopters.
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 U.S. Army’s Future Vertical Lift program.
(Sikorsky – Boeing Future Vertical Lift is a scalable design based on proven X2 Technology™. Designed for long range, high speed, superior hover performance and unmatched maneuverability, the Future Vertical Lift program will shape the U.S. military’s helicopter fleet of the future. Courtesy of Lockheed Martin and YouTube. Posted onApr 10, 2017,)
The SB>1 DEFIANT™ Joint Multi-Role Technology Demonstrator (JMR TD) helicopter is Sikorsky’s third X2® aircraft in less than 10 years.
It is being designed and built by Sikorsky and Boeing and will prove the scalability of the X2 design to a 30,000-lb. class weight.
Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin company, and Boeing are also partnered on the medium-lift aircraft for the U.S. Government’s Future Vertical Lift program of record.
The U.S. Government is expected to release the Request for Proposal for the medium-lift aircraft in 2019.
X2 Technology is the foundation for Lockheed Martin’s support to Future Vertical Lift with its air vehicle and systems design.
The Future Vertical Lift (FVL) program will shape the U.S. military’s helicopter fleet of the future.
Led by the U.S. Army, FVL will replace helicopters across the military through five different categories.
Sikorsky has invested in and proven, X2 Technology to illustrate its commitment to developing future capabilities that are achievable and affordable, for both military and commercial organizations.
(Learn More. Designed for speed, maneuverability and scalability, X2 Technology™ is the foundation for Lockheed Martin’s support to Future Vertical Lift. Sikorsky has invested in and proven X2 Technology™ to illustrate its commitment to developing future capabilities that are achievable and affordable for both military and commercial applications. Courtesy of Lockheed Martin and YouTube. Posted on Apr 10, 2017.)
How It Works
X2 Technology™ is designed for speed, maneuverability and scalability.
Based on the XH-59A prototype, the Collier Award winning X2 Technology Demonstrator made significant improvements in vibration reduction, weight reduction and blade technology that enables the aircraft to be flown by a single pilot, with a single engine.
For further information, please visit www.lockheedmartin.com/defiant and www.boeing.com/defense/future-vertical-lift/.
Watch: Defense-Industrial Initiatives Group Discuss the Joint Multi-Role Technology Demonstrator (JMR-TD)
(Please join the CSIS Defense-Industrial Initiatives Group from an event exploring progress in the Joint Multi-Role Technology Demonstrator (JMR-TD), the current technology demonstrator for the Department of Defense’s Future Vertical Lift (FVL) program. The event will center on the progress achieved in prototyping future vertical lift air vehicles and mission systems, the potential benefits of open systems architecture, the role that this technology demonstration plays in risk reduction, and how this effort is informing future acquisitions programs. Courtesy of the Center for Strategic & International Studies and YouTube. Posted on Sep 23, 2016.)