Preparing the way forward
The Future Vertical Lift (FVL) program, led by the U.S. Army with joint service participation, is expected to replace the entire U.S. military helicopter fleet beginning in the 2030s. The program focuses on developing the capabilities critical for multi-mission success across the services.
The U.S. government is expected to release their first Request for Proposal for a medium-class helicopter (Capability Set 3) in 2019. And Boeing and partner Sikorsky Aircraft, a Lockheed Martin Company, stand ready to lead the way.
As a precursor for FVL, the U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Research, Development and Engineering Center (AMRDEC) selected two industry partners to build and fly a medium-class, joint multi-role technology demonstrator. As industry leaders with rich traditions of performance and expertise on proven, established programs, Boeing and Sikorsky’s partnership will deliver unmatched capabilities and commitment toward future medium-class helicopters.
SB>1 DEFIANT™ leads the way
Together Boeing and Sikorsky are working with AMRDEC on the SB>1 DEFIANT™ technology demonstrator. Integrating revolutionary technology, the demonstrator provides:
- X2 the speed and distance of conventional helicopters/today’s helicopters
- Unparalleled agility and maneuverability
- A step-function reduction in operation and sustainment costs
- Critical risk reduction to scale and tailor a helicopter sized to meet our customers’ needs