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SB>1 Revs Up In Ground Test: Expert Expects First Flight ‘In Weeks’ « Breaking Defense

WASHINGTON: Sikorsky and Boeing released video yesterday of their SB>1 Defiant helicopter in its first ground test, revving the revolutionary ultra-rigid rotor blades whose manufacturing troubles had cost the program months. But when will Defiant first take flight? While the companies declined to provide details, a leading rotary-wing expert predicted …

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Bell V-280 Flies 322 MPH: Army Secretary Praises Program « Breaking Defense

WASHINGTON: Bell’s V-280 Valor prototype exceeded 280 knots this week, making good on the aircraft’s namesake speed, the company announced this afternoon. And it’ll fly faster before it’s done, a Bell executive told me in an interview. The news is the latest public triumph for Bell’s tiltrotor technology at a …

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Defiant Gets Real: Sikorsky & Boeing Unveil SB>1 Super Chopper « Breaking Defense

Sikorsky-Boeing SB>1 Defiant compound helicopter After years of secrecy and CGI, we’re finally getting to see the Sikorsky-Boeing dream team’s SB>1 Defiant ultra-high-speed helicopter in real life. Unfortunately, Defiant is still on the ground, not flying: It was supposed to take its first flight this month, but that’s been pushed …

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Bell V-280 Valor: Anniversary Tour? « Breaking Defense

With its first year of flight tests finished, Bell just might take its V-280 Valor aircraft on tour. That’s how confident the company is in its new tiltrotor, the proposed high-speed replacement for thousands of Army UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters and Marine Corps UH-1Z Super Hueys. By contrast, Bell’s competitor on the …

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Future Vertical Lift: SB>1 Defiant Flight Delayed Until Early 2019 « Breaking Defense

Sikorsky-Boeing SB>1 Defiant WASHINGTON: The SB>1 Defiant, a high-speed helicopter aimed at future Army missions in major wars, won’t make its first flight this year after all. Unspecified but “minor” issues discovered in ground tests will push first flight back “two or three weeks,” co-developers Sikorsky and Boeing said this …

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Boeing-Leonardo Team Scoops Up $2.38B UH-1N Replacement Deal « Breaking Defense

Boeing-Leonardo MH-139                 WASHINGTON: The head of Strategic Command must be very happy this evening, having learned that the Air Force is finally buying a new helicopter to guard America’s ICBM fields. The Boeing-Leonardo team won the contract to supply 84 helicopters. “Of …

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China’s New Z-10ME Helicopter Ready for Business: AnalystDefenceTalk.com

Photographs of apparently modified Z-10 helicopters are trending on online military forums, prompting a Chinese analyst on Thursday to note the Z-10 is a cost-effective piece of military equipment with great potential to be sold on the global arms market. The photos show helicopters in desert camouflage with “Z10ME001” stenciled …

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Aircraft Win Big In FY19 Appropriations: Munitions, Space, Marines Hammered « Breaking Defense

WASHINGTON: The big news about the $674.4 billion defense appropriation that conferees agreed to yesterday is that, for the first time in nine years, it’s on time. That’s a big relief to defense officials and contractors used to limping along on restrictive Continuing Resolutions for the first months of the …

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‘A Little Bit Disruptive’: Murray & McCarthy On Army Futures Command « Breaking Defense

Gen. John Murray, first chief of Army Futures Command, speaks at its formal activation in Austin. DEFENSE NEWS CONFERENCE: The Army’s new Futures Command won’t tear down the most failure–prone procurement system in the entire US military. Instead, both its commander and the Army’s No. 2 civilian emphasize they want …

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