Lockheed, Boeing reveal 'Defiant X' design for U.S. Army's Future Long Range Assault helicopter

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Lockheed-owned Sikorski and Boeing released details of the Defiant X helicopter, which they plan to submit for the U.S. Army's Future Long-Range Assault Aircraft competition, on Monday, Jan. 26.

The U.S. Army in December issued a request for proposals in its competition to build the Future Long Range Assault Aircraft, which it expects to be "twice as fast and be able to fly twice as far" as conventional aircraft. A contract is expected to be awarded sometime in 2022, with the new aircraft fielded by 2030.

Boeing said in its press release that the Defiant X is designed to provide improved performance with the same footprint of the UH-60 Black Hawk with minimal alteration of current tactics, techniques, procedures, training or infrastructure.

RUNDOWN SHOWS:
1. Depiction of Defiant X helicopter in flight
2. Key features of the proposed design
3. Defiant-X would provide improved performance over the UH-60 Black Hawk but retain the latter's capabilities including the capacity to sling-load equipment
4. Defiant-X would replace the U.S. Army's UH-60 Black Hawks and AH-64 Apaches
5. Depiction of Defiant-X at a landing zone
6. Bell expected to submit tiltrotor design for U.S. Army's Future Long Range Assault Aircraft competition

VOICEOVER (in English):

"Lockheed and Boeing released details of the Defiant X helicopter, which they plan to submit for the U.S. Army's Future Long-Range Assault Aircraft competition, on Monday, Jan. 26."

"The design features fly-by-wire avionics, an advanced drive system, a heavy emphasis on vibration reduction, and two coaxial rotors with a rear mounted pusher propulsor for improved speed, handling and agility."

"Boeing said in a press release that the Defiant is designed to provide improved performance with the same footprint of the UH-60 Black Hawk with minimal alteration of current tactics, techniques, procedures, training, or infrastructure."

"The Defiant will be twice as fast and be able to fly twice as far as the Black Hawk. In addition to replacing the Black Hawk, it will also replace the aging AH-64 Apache attack helicopter and other aircraft."

"The Army issued a request for proposals in its Future Long Range Assault Aircraft competition in December. A contract is expected to be awarded sometime in 2022, with the new aircraft fielded by 2030."

"The only competition for the contract comes from Bell, which is expected to submit a tiltrotor design similar to that of its V-280 Valor aircraft."

SOURCES: Defense News, Military.com, Boeing, Lockheed Martin
https://www.defensenews.com/land/2021/01/25/lockheed-boeing-team-pitch-defiant-x-its-candidate-for-the-armys-long-range-assault-helo-competition/
https://www.military.com/daily-news/2021/01/25/futuristic-defiant-x-running-become-armys-future-long-range-assault-helicopter.html
https://boeing.mediaroom.com/2019-03-21-Sikorsky-Boeing-SB-1-DEFIANT-TM-Helicopter-Achieves-First-Flight
http://www.boeing.com/defense/future-long-range-assault-aircraft/index.page?fbclid=IwAR02w1V0p0yl7ru5sLzq2EQ3LBPHyTIVZNjPvXCUr88-cav4uF5LHt_lEhQ
https://news.lockheedmartin.com/2019-03-21-Sikorsky-Boeing-SB-1-DEFIANT-TM-Helicopter-Achieves-First-Flight