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.

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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.

Most Advanced Helicopter - See The New U.S. Army’s Joint Multi-Role Future Vertical Lift-Medium Helicopter Tech Prototype

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Check out the prototype for yourself below:

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