San Clemente, California, March 30, 2015 – Swift Engineering Inc. joins the Sikorsky-Boeing team to support the development of the SB>1 DEFIANT™ Multi-Role Technology Demonstrator (JMR TD).
The U.S. Army Aviation Technology Directorate (AATD) selected the Sikorsky-Boeing team to continue the development of the SB>1 DEFIANT™ technology demonstrator, a medium-lift helicopter configured to Sikorsky’s X2™ coaxial design, through flight testing. The DEFIANT™ technology demonstrator will feature counter-rotating rigid main rotor blades for vertical and forward flight, a pusher propeller for high-speed acceleration and deceleration and an advanced fly-by-wire flight control system.
“The DEFIANT™ technology demonstrator truly represents evolutionary advancement in helicopter technology. Sikorsky-Boeing has put together a remarkable team and we are proud to play a key role in this game changing innovation.” says Rick Heise, President and CSO of Swift Engineering Inc. “Our proven track record of developing high-performance, lightweight and cost effective vehicles was a determining factor in Sikorsky-Boeing’s decision to select us.”
A major portion of the airframe structure will be designed and manufactured at Swift’s facility in San Clemente, California by an integrated team comprised of Swift and Boeing employees. The Swift team brings years of experience in composites and advanced vehicle design, working often under constrained, rapid-development time frames.
Founded in 1983 and headquartered in San Clemente, CA, Swift Engineering is a vertically integrated, multi-disciplined manufacturing and engineering company specializing in the design, development and manufacturing of lightweight composite structures, components and vehicles. For more information on Swift Engineering please visit www.swiftengineering.com
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