Army aviators and soldiers need systems that grow and maintain overmatch with near-peer threats for decades to come. Our X2 Technology™ helicopters maintain everything soldiers love about the Black Hawk and expand the operational envelope. They fly faster. Maneuver at higher G levels. They're the only aircraft that excel where helicopters can't today — and in the Multi-Domain Operations of tomorrow.

A Complete Weapon System

Our Future Vertical Lift solutions are about more than just the aircraft. We consider every element of a complete weapon system: From research, design and development to manufacturing, integration and sustainment.

Lockheed Martin's investments and expertise in multi-domain solutions, autonomy, sensors, weapons, training and logistics will make the difference in achieving aviation overmatch. We deliver unprecedented adaptability, battlefield awareness and lethality that boost survivability. All at a lower total life-cycle cost. It's the edge the Army needs to get in the fight, stay in the fight—and win.




Complete Lifecycle Affordability

With a robust supply chain, our revolutionary helicopters form a cohesive ecosystem that improves interoperability, sustainability and lowers overall costs. Designed to fit in current logistics footprints, our X2 aircraft don't require costly new facilities. It's the choice between rebuilding infrastructure or seamlessly introducing the world's most advanced vertical lift weapon system.

Transformational Fleet Maintenance

Providing commanders real-time information that they can use for risk assessment and decision making, our systems have onboard diagnostics and prognostics so the aircraft can operate maintenance free for periods of time. It's the choice between going back to base — or finishing the fight.

Built For The Next War, Not The Last

We design advanced mission systems—sensors, weapon and avionics—to enhance mission effectiveness through intelligent integration. Our total weapon system will grow and adapt in multi-domain and joint, all-domain operations over the next 40+ years. It's the choice between just being prepared for today or being ready for anything that the future will bring.




SB>1 DEFIANT™: Designed for Speed Where It Matters

Utility helicopters like the Future Long-Range Attack and Assault (FLRAA) aircraft fly low and fast, land quickly, deliver Soldiers and get out — all while evading the enemy in complex terrain. Sikorsky and partner Boeing have created an agile, maneuverable weapon system that flies twice as far and twice as fast as the Black Hawk — and sits in the same operational footprint. Delivering reach and survivability, SB>1 DEFIANT™ is the choice between just getting there and achieving mission success.




Through a digital environment that has been embedded throughout the Lockheed Martin engineering, manufacturing and sustainment workforce for more than half a decade, Germanowski and fellow systems designers and integrators can see inside RAIDER X ®, Lockheed Martin’s Future Attack Reconnaissance Aircraft (FARA) prototype it’s building for the U.S. Army.
The Sikorsky-Boeing team continues to make significant progress as they advance DEFIANT's rigorous flight test program. Just this week, with only about two-thirds of available prop torque and engine power, DEFIANT achieved 211 knots flying straight and level. Sikorsky Experimental Test Pilot, Bill Fell, further expanded the flight envelope by reaching 232 knots while descending. With every flight, the team increases DEFIANT's speed, angle of bank, and climb rate. These crucial tests gather essential data to reduce the program's risk while validating the team's modeling and simulation tools for future designs.
The U.S. Army announced that the Sikorsky-Boeing team has been selected to move forward in the Future Long-Range Assault Aircraft's Competitive Demonstration and Risk Reduction Program (CD&RR) program. Sikorsky is partnered with Boeing on the SB>1 DEFIANT™ program in order to meet the demands of the Army's future vertical lift mission. SB>1 DEFIANT™ is highly maneuverable and will extend the warfighter's capabilities on the modern battlefield — and fits in the same footprint as a Black Hawk.




RAIDER X®: The Leader the Force Follows

Knife-fighters like the Future Attack Reconnaissance Aircraft (FARA) break through anti-aircraft defenses, clearing the way so the rest of the force can follow. RAIDER X ® is the only aircraft designed to survive the future battlefield — and with mission flexibility to adapt even faster than the battlespace changes. Providing unmatched battlefield intelligence and growth potential, RAIDER X ® is the choice between a flight plan and a fight plan.




The Army calls the Future Attack Reconnaissance Aircraft (FARA) a "knife fighter" for the future battlefield. This out-front platform will fly into the most demanding and contested environments and requires maximum performance in a small package. Sikorsky's RAIDER X™ is ready to fill this requirement.
Sikorsky touts the Raider, with its so-called compound design, including stacked (or "coaxial") rotors and a rear-facing propeller in place of the familiar side-facing tail rotor, as fast, quiet, and highly maneuverable.
The RAIDER X™ compound helicopter not only meets the Army's Future Attack Reconnaissance needs today, Sikorsky FARA director Tim Malia told us: It has the margin for growth "to be a good investment for the taxpayer for decades to come."




X2 Technology™: Defying the Physics of Traditional Helicopters

X2 Technology™ is designed for speed, maneuverability and scalability—every attribute the Army needs achieve aviation overmatch. Based on the XH-59A prototype, the Collier Award winning X2 Technology™ Demonstrator made significant improvements in vibration reduction, weight reduction and blade technology that enables the aircraft to be flown by a single pilot, with a single engine. Defying the physics of traditional helicopters—to revolutionize the Sikorsky vision for how we bring people home safe. Everywhere, every time.




The first time battle-proven pilot Bill Fell flew in a Sikorsky X2 Technology™ helicopter, he knew the rotary wing game had changed. Significantly. And forever. X2 aircraft have achieved speeds greater than 250 knots, low-speed and high-speed maneuverability at 60-plus degrees of bank, and the ability to hover in high altitudes and hot conditions, among other advanced capabilities.
Imagine a dark and stormy night: three aircraft are flying in formation at high speed, they are close to the ground and the environment is contested as they aim to reach the mission objective. The aircraft you are visualizing will need to be fast, maneuverable, agile and smart. These aircraft will need X2 Technology™.
Steve Weiner, the chief engineer for X2 and now director of engineering sciences at Sikorsky, talks us through the design and capability of these unique machines, while chief test pilot Bill Fell gives Rotor Radio a cockpit perspective of what it's like to fly a helicopter at nearly 300 miles per hour.




We are not just providing an aircraft. We are providing a weapon system with next-generation advances in reach, survivability, lethality, sustainability and unmatched growth potential. Providing speed where it matters, X2 Technology wins the next war, not the last.

LTG Kevin Mangum (U.S. Army, retired)
Vice president Lockheed Martin Rotary and Mission Systems

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