Friday, April 14, 2017

A Peek At The U.S. Military's Newest Gunship Concept: The SB-1 Assault Helicopter

Task & Purpose: Here’s A Look At Boeing And Sikorsky’s New Gunship Helicopter Concept

Since 1939, aerospace manufacturers Boeing and Sikorsky Aircraft have remained synonymous with dependable fixed-wing aircraft and helicopters, respectively, responsible for supplying the US armed forces with illustrious vehicles from the venerable F/A-18 Super Hornet and Air Force One to the combat-ready Black Hawk and Chinook helos. Now, the two firms are teaming up to develop a brand new gunship for the US military: The SB-1 assault helicopter.

On April 10, Sikorsky owner Lockheed Martin posted a brief concept video detailing the company’s design for an attack craft with “long range, high speed, superior hover performance and unmatched maneuverability” to supplement the military’s helicopter fleet for decades to come. Take a look:

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WNU Editor: Impressive .... until they tell us how much each will cost.


Anonymous said...

I want one. ... ; (

Aizino Smith said...

It looks like they are going Russian.

The Russians are already there and have been for a few decades.

fazman said...

On paper perhaps

Anonymous said...

Negative ghost rider we don't have that kind of money...

Anonymous said...

Pwwweeeeeaaasssee? ^_^ *sniff*

Aizino Smith said...

At 1st blush it reminds me of a Hind. Thus my comment.

There are other innovations, but I will stand by my comment.

It looks larger than previous American helicopters for land warfare. It look lumbering like a Hind..

No doubt like a Hind it will unleash Hell on earth if it gets its shots off 1st.

I am not diminishing the designers of the Hind nor the American Helicopter

Given that the designers are working with the same physics and the same combat environment, it is not surprising that their design may converge with or without espionage.

James said...

That was the first thing I thought also. I'm sure there are great differences.

Aizino Smith said...


I saw 2 things off the bat.

It had the double rotor. The Russians have had that for a while. It is no great secret; it is just that the Russian put it into widespread application 1st, when compared to the U.S.

It is big like a Hind and not sleek.

I did not see the prop at the tail initially.

Physics being what it is, it does not surprise me that designs converge.