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April 1, 2022

Sikorsky and Boeing select new Defiant X component suppliers

Sikorsky and Boeing’s Defiant X is a finalist for the US Army’s future long-range assault aircraft (FLRAA) competition.

Lockheed Martin company Sikorsky, and Boeing, have selected six new suppliers for the Defiant X helicopter.

The new suppliers will provide key components and technologies for the military helicopter.

Sikorsky and Boeing’s Defiant X is a finalist for the US Army’s future long-range assault aircraft (FLRAA) competition.

The newly selected suppliers are ATI Forged Products, Collins Aerospace, Elbit Systems of America, Parker Aerospace, Magnaghi Aeronautica, and Marotta Controls.

ATI Forged Products will provide gearbox forgings for the helicopter while Collins Aerospace will supply aircraft seats, and Perigon flight control system.

Elbit Systems of America, and Magnaghi Aeronautica will offer mission system computers and landing gear, respectively.

Parker Aerospace joined the Defiant X team to provide flight controls, hydraulic pumps, and modules while Marotta Controls will deliver electrical power system components.

Sikorsky president Paul Lemmo said: “Team Defiant is building a strong nationwide supply chain to provide the Army [with] a transformational aircraft.

“This team and its proven experience will ensure that Defiant X is a low-risk, reliable, and survivable aircraft for our soldiers and the Army’s long-range assault mission.”

Boeing Vertical Lift vice-president and general manager Mark Cherry said: “Defiant X is the right aircraft, made by the right team, for the Army’s FLRAA mission.

“Leveraging many existing supplier relationships, we’ve put together the best industry team to deliver a purpose-built, low-risk, and cost-effective next-generation aircraft that can operate across multiple theatres, well into the future.”

Earlier this year, Sikorsky and Boeing selected Honeywell as the engine provider for the Defiant X helicopter.

The FLRAA contract is expected to be awarded later this year.

The Sikorsky-Boeing SB>1 Defiant helicopter reached Nashville this week to provide the US Army Aviators with a first-hand look.

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