Sikorsky, Boeing team on Joint Multi-Role program

The Sikorsky X2 could point the way to the joint Sikorsky-Boeing offering for the Future Vertical Lift program.

Sikorsky and Boeing have teamed to develop a joint proposal for the US Army Aviation Applied Technology Directorate’s requirement for the Joint Multi-Role (JMR) technology demonstrator program.

The JMR TD will inform the US DoD’s Future Vertical Lift program to acquire over 4,000 new generation medium lift rotorcraft for all five US services. With the Future Vertical Lift program’s requirements including greater speed as well as better reliability and affordability, Sikorsky and Boeing, the first companies to team for FVL, may be considering a design based on Sikorsky’s X-2 compound helicopter demonstrator.

The Sikorsky and Boeing team hopes to build and fly one or more demonstrator aircraft in 2017 for evaluation purposes.

Sikorsky and Boeing had previously teamed on the RAH-66 Comanche program, which was cancelled in 2004.