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.





The Right Weapon System for the Next 50 years of Multi-Domain Operations

Utility helicopters like the U.S. Army’s Future Long-Range Assault Aircraft (FLRAA) fly low and fast, land quickly, deliver Soldiers to the X 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 fits in the same operational footprint. Combined with Sikorsky-Boeing’s unsurpassed experience in mission systems, training and sustainment, DEFIANT X will revolutionize the way the Army meets threats in 2035 and beyond. DEFIANT X is the best solution for the Army’s mission today, and the only solution able to adapt to the threats of tomorrow.




The Sikorsky-Boeing SB>1 DEFIANT helicopter demonstrated mission-relevant cargo capacity by lifting a 5,300-pound Guided Multiple Launch Rocket System training load during a test flight at the Sikorsky Development Flight Center in West Palm Beach, Florida. With DEFIANT X, the U.S. Army will deliver troops and cargo in future combat at twice the range of the current fleet.
The Lockheed Martin-owned Sikorsky and Boeing have rolled out the final specs of their new helicopter, one of two candidates that will replace the U.S. Army's iconic UH-60 Black Hawk. The Defiant X isn't just meant to replace the Black Hawk, but also fly up to twice as fast and twice as far, giving Army air assault forces an unparalleled battlefield mobility.
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 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.




Low, fast, crisp and tight. Army Aviators got a firsthand look at the S-97 RAIDER® during two exclusive flight demonstrations at Redstone Arsenal. The capabilities on display offered a glimpse at RAIDER X, Sikorsky’s bid for the Future Attack Reconnaissance Aircraft (FARA) program, part of the U.S. Army’s Future Vertical Lift (FVL) effort to revolutionize its aircraft fleet.
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.
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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S-97 RAIDER ® at Redstone B-Roll

SB>1 DEFIANT ® Flight - Feb 7th, 2020

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