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According to a press release by Boeing, the Sikorsky-Boeing SB>1 DEFIANT
helicopter has demonstrated mission-relevant lifting capacity that will
deliver troops and cargo in future combat at twice the range of the current
fleet. The flight, carrying a 5,300-pound Guided Multiple Launch Rocket
System (GMLRS) training load, took place at the Sikorsky Development
Flight Centre in West Palm Beach, Florida.
The lifting power demonstrated by SB>1 DEFIANT equates to an infantry squad
vehicle or hundreds of thousands of rounds of ammunition resupply.
SB>1 DEFIANT is the technology demonstrator for transformational
capabilities for the DEFIANT X weapons system, which the Sikorsky-Boeing
team is offering for the US Army’s Future Long-Range Assault Aircraft
(FLRAA) competition. The external load capacity of DEFIANT X is expected to
increase the Army’s ability to conduct humanitarian assistance and disaster
relief missions at home or abroad.