WEST PALM BEACH, Fla., Sept. 7, 2021 – Today the Sikorsky-Boeing team released the following statement on the early submittal of the proposal for DEFIANT X for the U.S. Army’s Future Long-Range Assault Aircraft (FLRAA).
This statement can be attributed to Paul Lemmo, president, Sikorsky, and to Mark Cherry, vice president and general manager, Vertical Lift, Boeing Defense, Space & Security:
“Continuing a 75-year partnership with the U.S. Army, providing and sustaining the iconic BLACK HAWK, Chinook and Apache, the Sikorsky-Boeing team looks to the future with the Future Long-Range Assault Aircraft – DEFIANT X. Today, Team DEFIANT completed and submitted the proposal for the U.S. Army’s FLRAA competition, offering low-risk, transformational capability that delivers on an Army critical modernization priority and advances the future of Army aviation. DEFIANT X delivers speed where it matters, survivability, unsurpassed power, maneuverability, superior handling in any environment and lower lifecycle costs – while operating in the same footprint as the BLACK HAWK. We are confident that DEFIANT X, supported by our longstanding Army industrial base suppliers, is the best choice for delivering overmatch on the Multi-Domain Operational battlefield in INDOPACOM and across the globe.”
For more information on DEFIANT X visit www.boeing.com/defiantx or follow #DEFIANTX on social media to join the conversation.
About Sikorsky and Boeing
Together, Sikorsky and Boeing have built 90 percent of the U.S. Army’s current military rotorcraft and have totaled more than 20 million flight hours. We’re the team that has brought forward iconic military rotorcraft including: Black Hawk, Chinook and Apache. The iconic UH-60 Black Hawk has proven itself to be the premiere assault platform in the world and DEFIANT X will bring the next level of capability that the Future Long-Range Assault Aircraft requires.
- The Sikorsky-Boeing team continues to conduct flight tests and expand SB>1 DEFIANT’s flight envelope. This test data is correlating the DEFIANT X virtual models and was included in our proposal to the U.S. Army.
- Together, Sikorsky and Boeing, supported by a nationwide Army industrial base of suppliers, have more than 20 million Army flight hours of proven performance over the last 75 years. We are committed to delivering a weapon system that delivers transformational capability and affordability across the entire system, over the full lifecycle – including efficient sustainment, reuse of military construction and minimized training time and costs.
- We’ve designed-in affordability through ease of maintenance, reliability and advanced manufacturing techniques. Our investments in digital transformation, configuration design and aircraft sizing have driven a best-value solution for the Army. DEFIANT X has the same operational footprint as the BLACK HAWK allowing the Army to leverage existing operations, airfield configurations and hangars, avoiding costly infrastructure investment. And because our configuration flies like a helicopter with enhanced capabilities, training pilots is similar to the training that exists in the Army today.
- Our digital design and advanced manufacturing enables the Army to lower cost across the entire lifecycle of the platform – including fleet management affordability and efficiency and rapid, affordable upgrades.
- DEFIANT X is designed for fleet reliability and availability, including long maintenance-free operating periods, real-time vehicle heath management and fewer parts.
- Our open system approach allows the Army to easily modernize DEFIANT X over time, providing the flexibility and adaptability needed to stay ahead of the evolving threat as missions and conditions change.
Indigo to introduce new technology to detect fatigue for Pilots
IndiGo pilots will soon use a wrist device and a ground device to track their levels of fatigue and measure their focus both before and after flights.
This programme, carried out in collaboration with the renowned French aerospace giant Thales group, intends to collect useful data for refining flight plans and rosters, thereby reducing pilot fatigue.
The programme will utilise de-identified data from all sources, including historical data, real-time data, and predictive analytics. We are still dedicated to protecting the physical and mental health of our pilots, which will eventually improve passenger safety, the airline said in a statement.
This programme will provide information on the demographic data, including facts on routes, pairings, crew profiles, and other factors. The recent death of an IndiGo pilot has brought attention to the problem of pilot fatigue.
In the next months, it will also run a proof-of-concept testing to evaluate pilots’ attentiveness. The airline will assess the accuracy of the recorded data after this process is finished. The ground devices, where pilots will first take a five-minute test, will be housed at IndiGo hubs in cities like Delhi, Mumbai, Bengaluru, and Chennai.
How does Airbus produce the A350 wings, Where Innovation Meets the Sky
Airbus, one of the world’s leading aerospace manufacturers, has revolutionized the aviation industry with its state-of-the-art aircraft. Among the many components that contribute to the success of Airbus airplanes, the wings stand out as a marvel of engineering and manufacturing prowess.
These wings, which carry half of the world’s passengers, play a pivotal role in the overall performance, efficiency, and safety of the aircraft. In this article, we will delve into the fascinating world of Airbus wing production, exploring the intricate processes and cutting-edge technologies that enable Airbus to create these remarkable structures.
At Airbus, assembling and equipping wings is a little like a puzzle. Consider the A350. Similar to all other Airbus Commercial Aircraft programmes, the supply chain and several Airbus facilities create the composite coverings, spars, and other parts for the wings. Operators then assemble the wings at Broughton plant in the UK.
Each completed A350 wingset is flown by BelugaXL air transporter to Toulouse operating on a blend of 50% Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF), where it is joined to the centre wing box and fuselage during final assembly.
Before this production puzzle can be completed, a lot needs to happen. The process starts well upstream, with the Overall Aircraft Design. This determines the wing’s shape and characteristics, including flight controls and high lift systems.
A so-called ‘co-design’ phase then begins. A wing’s structural design is matured in parallel with the industrial system required to produce it.
Longer, leaner, lighter
Higher levels of automation will be used in the future to make wings. The ideal combination of manual and automated assembly will be determined by Airbus experts using a method known as “design for manufacture,” ensuring that the wings are manufactured correctly at the right price the first time, every time.
The wings of the future will be longer, slimmer, and lighter. When combined, these features enable an aeroplane to gain lift while using less fuel, which reduces CO2 emissions.
This modification in wing design necessitates a modification in wing manufacture. To cost-effectively construct such a light wing at volume and speed, Airbus’ industrial infrastructure must be outfitted. The transformation necessitates a radical rethink, and Wing of Tomorrow fills that need.
Its goal is to prepare the workforce, the supply chain, the industrial system, and the company’s physical and digital capabilities in addition to the technologies required for the next generation of aircraft. Together, it will develop the flexibility needed to scale up production quickly while taking into account how it will affect the workers who produce the wings every day.
Embraer launches web series on innovation
Embraer released the first episode of a web series on innovation that shows how the firm works behind the scenes to advance scientific understanding and create revolutionary technologies.
The audiovisual project is part of the company’s 54th anniversary, to be celebrated on August 19th. The episodes will be published weekly on Embraer’s official YouTube channel (https://youtu.be/p0CRLQYoy2M).
The first part focuses on Embraer’s historical place in the global innovation ecosystem and includes quotes from the company’s employees. The technologies that could usher in a new era of environmentally friendly air travel are highlighted in the second episode.
The third episode is devoted to developments in autonomous systems and the widest range of uses for them, including pilot assistance, drones for urban deliveries, aerial spraying, and the creation of electric takeoff and vertical landing (eVTOL) aircraft from EVE. The fourth film in the series demonstrates how Industry 4.0’s manufacturing processes are already evolving as a result of new technology.
Embraer, which has dared to consistently develop and build new products, services, and business models for five decades, has science, technology, and innovation in its DNA. In 2022, the company’s inventions from the previous five years accounted for almost 50% of its revenue.
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