Sikorsky releases new flight footage of their replacement for the Black Hawk
The potential replacement for the UH-60 Black Hawk family of helicopters is shaping up to be one fast-moving contender, reaching over 100 knots in testing and readying to break the proposed 250-knot speed in future trials.
The Sikorsky SB-1 Defiant is preparing to challenge their main rival in the competition for the Army’s next generation of flying machines, with Bell bringing the 300 knot-capable V-280 tiltrotor to the table.
The SB-1 is more aligned with conventional helicopters and is looking to meet the requirements set forth in the Future Long-Range Assault Aircraft program.
The program demands high speeds and long-range, specifically over twice the speed of the Black Hawk and three times the current range of operation.
Sikorsky released the test flight footage on January 17, conducting operations in South Florida.
“The Sikorsky-Boeing #SB1-Defiant continues to expand its flight envelope through sorties each week, executing the mission elements required for Future Vertical Lift, most recently exceeding 100 knots and performing maneuvers at 30 degrees angle of bank,” Sikorsky said in a statement.
According to The Epoch Times, Bell’s V-280 already had 150 hours of flight time under its belt and had reached 300 knots of true airspeed at the end of last year.
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