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Partners complete Defiant X proposal for US Army

8th September 2021 - 10:25 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

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Sikorsky and Boeing claim that Defiant X offers high-speed performance while retaining traditional helicopter agility and manoeuvrability. (Photo: Sikorsky and Boeing).

The US Army has received the official proposal for Defiant X from Sikorsky and Boeing under the Future Long-Range Assault Aircraft programme.

Sikorsky and Boeing have delivered their joint Defiant X proposal ahead of schedule to the US Army as a candidate solution for the Future Long-Range Assault Aircraft (FLRAA) requirement.

In a 7 September statement, Sikorsky president Paul Lemmo and Mark Cherry, VP and HM of Vertical Lift at  Boeing Defense, Space & Security, said: ‘Today, Team Defiant completed and submitted the proposal for the US Army’s FLRAA competition, offering [a] low-risk, transformational capability that delivers on an Army critical modernisation priority and advances the future of Army aviation.’

They claimed that Defiant X 'delivers speed where it matters' as well as survivability, 'unsurpassed power', manoeuvrability and other benefits for the US Army, 'while operating in the same footprint as the Black Hawk'.

The coaxial Defiant X is competing against the Bell V-280 Valor tiltrotor for FLRAA.

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