90 Miles From Tyranny : WATCH: Lockheed’s Sikorsky Touts Coaxial Attack Helo Concept

Friday, April 14, 2017

WATCH: Lockheed’s Sikorsky Touts Coaxial Attack Helo Concept

Lockheed Martin Corp.’s Sikorsky unit is out out with a new video touting its concept for a coaxial attack helicopter for the U.S. Army.

The three-and-a-half-minute animated video was released Monday and features the company’s idea for an assault and attack variant of the SB>1 Defiant, a large coaxial design it’s pitching for the U.S. Army‘s Joint Multi-Role (JMR) technology demonstrator and Future Vertical Lift (FVL) programs.

The attack version will cruise at more than 250 knots — nearly double the speed of the average helo, perform a hover out of ground effect (HOGE) at 6,000 feet and 95 degrees Fahrenheit — which at standard temperature is almost the equivalent of flying at 14,000 feet, and hold a crew of four and up to 12 combat-equipped troops or room for up to eight litters, according to the commercial.

With increased range and payload, the choppers could be refueled by KC-130J and next-generation Air Force tankers, according to the advertisement.

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