The Defiant X is a sleek, futuristic helicopter that’s designed to go fast and far. While it doesn’t exist as a production aircraft, it’s one of two candidates that could be the new Black-Hawk-type helicopter for the U.S. Army. This machine, which is made by Sikorsky and Boeing, is competing with a rival aircraft from Bell as part of an Army initiative called the Future Long-Range Assault Aircraft program. The winner should be announced in 2022.
Here’s what to know about how the Defiant works, and how the design informs what it should be able to do.