Boeing and Sikorsky expressed confidence that they create the layout of Technology SB-1 by Defiant programmke creation of high-speed multi-purpose helicopter JMR (joint multi-role) of the U.S. Army does not understand the fate of RAH-66 Comanche, reports flightglobal.com October 22.
President of Sikorsky military systems Samir Mehta (Samir Mehta) said that significant investment in building layout justify confidence in its design requirements and satisfaction of the U.S. Army, if programm will run to completion. «If we thought that the army can come to this programmki, we do not have your bucks invested in the project. We vote with our wallets, «he said.
Director of Boeing programs from JMR Pat Donnelly (Pat Donnelly) states that both companies pay much more than half the price of development, but did not voice a certain amount.
Group Sikorsky-Boeing is one of four contenders for victory in the development of a new helicopter, created to spoof Sikorsky UH-60 Black Hawk in 2030-ies. SB-1 has Defian coaxial rotors and a pusher propeller tail, this scheme will allow to make high-speed and maneuver the helicopter capable of flying with bolshennymi acceleration, braking and do vigorous ability to fly sideways, as the bow of the float down battened up tail.
Rivals are Karem Aircraft, AVX Aircraft Group and Bell Helicopter-Lockheed Martin. It is expected that in 2014 the U.S. Army 2-elect favorites, first flight demonstrator is scheduled for 2017. Opponents await the army will give certain requirements on the helicopter area in 2020,
To develop from the beginning of the 1980s helicopter Comanche RAH-66 was spent almost seven billion U.S. dollars in 2004 programm was canceled. The helicopter was a victim of budget expenditure reductions. Yet a group of Sikorsky-Boeing confident of success through effective programs from the newest division of work on the creation of the individual components of the helicopter with the introduction of the best strengths of both developers. «This is a traditional example of what one plus one is not two, but three,» said Mehta.