The new next generation aircraft is coming to fruition, and it’s not a fixed-wing aircraft. Sikorsky and Boeing revealed the name of their new Joint Multi-Role (JMR) helicopter tech, “Defiant,” at the Association of the United States Army Annual Meeting & Exposition — one of the largest land warfare expositions in the world, held every October in Washington, D.C. Conceived as a next-generation replacement for the UH-60 Black Hawk and AH-64 Apache, SB-1 is being pursued along with the Bell Helicopter V-280 for the U.S. Army’s Joint Multi-Role (JMR) programme, which funds competing X-planes as a precursor to a Future Vertical Lift (FVL) acquisition.
Weighing in at 13.6t, SB-1 will have enough carrying capacity to transport four aircrew and 12 fully equipped troops in high, hot environments. Future Vertical Lift-Medium is a new-start project in the army’s fiscal year 2017 budget submission and an acquisition plan will be considered by the Pentagon this October. SB-1 and V-280 are proof-of-concept demonstrators, but each side is continuously refining their ultimate FVL proposals as the technology as well as the army’s requirements and mission needs mature.
Check out the prototype for yourself below: