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Defiant X enters FLRAA reckoning

25th January 2021 - 12:51 GMT | by Tim Martin in London

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A modified version of the SB>1 Defiant could become the US Army's next long range assault helicopter.

Boeing and Sikorsky have jointly launched Defiant X for consideration in the US Army’s Future Long-Range Assault (FLRAA) programme.

The co-axial helicopter builds on the SB>1 Defiant demonstrator that continues to undergo flight tests at the Sikorsky facility in West Palm Beach, Florida, but has been designed with a ‘combat-ready weapons system', improved thermal signature reduction and better aerodynamic handling, according to the manufacturers.

The new helicopter will include tricycle designed landing gear and an integrated mission systems package to support multi-domain operations, while also fulfilling a US Army requirement to have mission systems upgraded continuously throughout the life cycle …

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