The U.S. military asked for a new helicopter — and Sikorsky-Boeing will answer with the SB-1 Defiant.
As part of its Future Vertical Lift program, the U.S. military is looking to replace its entire fleet of helicopters starting in the 2030s. The current fleet uses older technology, and our service members need a cutting-edge helicopter fleet that reflects current challenges on the battlefield.
Sikorsky-Boeing’s Defiant will feature:
• At least twice the speed and distance capabilities of today’s helicopters.
• A rigid, composite and coaxial rotor blade system that gives pilots increased maneuverability, agility and speed.
• Improved maneuverability and hover performance over current platforms within the area of operation.
• Increased survivability, durability and performance during critical military missions.
Boeing and Sikorsky have a strong history of developing mission-ready helicopters for the U.S. Army, including the AH-64 Apache, CH-47 Chinook and UH-60 Black Hawk.
The Defiant is being developed at both Boeing and Sikorsky facilities. It will begin flight tests in West Palm Beach, Fla. later this year.