Helicopters

Cool video shows S-97 Raider and SB>1 Defiant flying in formation for the first time

On Jul. 29, 2020, Lockheed Martin and the Sikorsky and Boeing Team demonstrated Future Vertical Lift aircraft in action, showing how S-97 Raider and SB>1 Defiant will give the U.S. Army the edge in achieving aviation overmatch.

On Jul. 29, 2020, Lockheed Martin and the Sikorsky and Boeing Team demonstrated Future Vertical Lift aircraft in action, showing how S-97 Raider and SB>1 Defiant will give the U.S. Army the edge in achieving aviation overmatch, as the cool video in this post shows.

Here’s what Jay Macklin, Sikorsky Future Vertical Lift Business Development Director said:

“The transformational capability X2 Technology enables opens up tactical freedoms to the Army and will change how the Army flies in support of the ground commander.​ Seeing Raider and Defiant in formation is a natural evolution of Sikorsky’s X2 Technology and is a glimpse into the future of Army Aviation achieving Aviation overmatch.”

X2 Technology is designed for speed, maneuverability and scalability—every attribute the Army needs achieve aviation overmatch. Based on the XH-59A prototype, the Collier Award winning X2 Technology Demonstrator made significant improvements in vibration reduction, weight reduction and blade technology that enables the aircraft to be flown by a single pilot, with a single engine. Defying the physics of traditional helicopters—to revolutionize the Sikorsky vision for how bringing people home safe.

Utility helicopters like the Future Long-Range Attack and Assault (FLRAA) aircraft fly low and fast, land quickly, deliver Soldiers and get out — all while evading the enemy in complex terrain. Sikorsky and partner Boeing have created an agile, maneuverable weapon system that flies twice as far and twice as fast as the Black Hawk — and sits in the same operational footprint. SB>1 Defiant is capable to deliver both reach and survivability.

Knife-fighters like the Future Attack Reconnaissance Aircraft (FARA) break through anti-aircraft defenses, clearing the way so the rest of the force can follow. Rader X is the only aircraft designed to survive the future battlefield — and with mission flexibility to adapt even faster than the battlespace changes. Raider X provides unmatched battlefield intelligence and growth potential.

Photo credit: Lockheed Martin

Dario Leone

Dario Leone is an aviation, defense and military writer. He is the Founder and Editor of “The Aviation Geek Club” one of the world’s most read military aviation blogs. His writing has appeared in The National Interest and other news media. He has reported from Europe and flown Super Puma and Cougar helicopters with the Swiss Air Force.

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