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Sikorsky-Boeing SB-1 Defiant

Unread postPosted: 14 Oct 2015, 02:26
by tritonprime

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Unread postPosted: 14 Oct 2015, 02:27
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Unread postPosted: 14 Oct 2015, 02:44
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Unread postPosted: 26 Dec 2018, 18:44
by zerion
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. Now they just have to prove it works.

https://breakingdefense.com/2018/12/def ... r-chopper/


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Re: Sikorsky-Boeing SB-1 Defiant

Unread postPosted: 22 Mar 2019, 15:26
by zerion
SB>1 Defiant Takes Flight: Can It Catch Bell?

The thing that delayed Defiant, it turns out, is the same thing that makes it really attractive to the Army



https://breakingdefense.com/2019/03/sb1 ... atch-bell/

Re: Sikorsky-Boeing SB-1 Defiant

Unread postPosted: 07 Oct 2019, 19:52
by aaam
It's been almost six months since first flight. Anyone heard what they've accomplished? How many times have they flown? Three? Four?

Re: Sikorsky-Boeing SB-1 Defiant

Unread postPosted: 08 Oct 2019, 00:53
by zerion
JUNE 28, 2019
Boeing and Sikorsky are gathering more propulsion system data on the ground to support further flight testing of their SB>1 Defiant advanced compound helicopter. After three successful flight tests, starting with the helicopter's first flight in March 2019, the two firms are making tweaks to expand the helicopter's flight envelope.


https://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone/2 ... tem-issues

Re: Sikorsky-Boeing SB-1 Defiant

Unread postPosted: 08 Oct 2019, 21:29
by aaam
zerion wrote:JUNE 28, 2019
Boeing and Sikorsky are gathering more propulsion system data on the ground to support further flight testing of their SB>1 Defiant advanced compound helicopter. After three successful flight tests, starting with the helicopter's first flight in March 2019, the two firms are making tweaks to expand the helicopter's flight envelope.


https://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone/2 ... tem-issues


Thanks.

So as I read this, in sixth months they've managed to fly three times at a blazing ten knots at 30 feet and the a/c is grounded again while they work on propulsion systems. In June they said they were about to restart the flight test, but does anyone know if they've actually flown again?

Couple of notes on the article. The S-97 has hit 207 knots, but despite what the article says, is there any reference that says they've actually achieved 220 knots (I think I remember reading somewhere Sikorsky saying the S-97 demonstrator may not be able to reach its projected top speed) ? Also, by the time the article came out the V-280 had demonstrated speeds in excess of 300, not 280, knots.

Re: Sikorsky-Boeing SB-1 Defiant

Unread postPosted: 16 Oct 2019, 18:15
by zerion
4 Flights, 3 Hours, 20 Knots: Defiant Inches Ahead

Mechanical fixes kept the SB>1 compound helicopter grounded for weeks this summer, but the Sikorsky-Boeing team insists they can catch up...

https://breakingdefense.com/2019/10/4-f ... hes-ahead/

Re: Sikorsky-Boeing SB-1 Defiant

Unread postPosted: 21 Oct 2019, 22:14
by aaam
zerion wrote:
4 Flights, 3 Hours, 20 Knots: Defiant Inches Ahead

Mechanical fixes kept the SB>1 compound helicopter grounded for weeks this summer, but the Sikorsky-Boeing team insists they can catch up...

https://breakingdefense.com/2019/10/4-f ... hes-ahead/


Interesting quote in that article. They think they'll be able to achieve the Army's minimum mandated speed (not their promised speed, just the Army minimum) in another six months, “if we have no other significant things we learn along the way,”.

That's from their own Program Manager. That does not strike me as a statement brimming over with confidence.