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LORD Corporation joins SB>1 DEFIANT team

March 31, 2015  By LORD Corporation

March 31, 2015, Cary, N.C. - LORD Corporation has joined the Sikorsky-Boeing team to develop and build the SB>1 DEFIANT technology demonstrator for the U.S. Army’s Joint Multi-Role (JMR) Technology Demonstrator program.

As a member of the SB>1 DEFIANT technology demonstrator team, LORD is responsible for active vibration control systems and tension-torsion rotor head components. LORD was announced as a JMR supplier along with more than 40 other companies during the annual Army Aviation Association of America (AAAA) industry trade show.
“LORD recognizes how vital this program is for the U.S. Army’s Future Vertical Lift initiative,” said Bill Cerami, President, LORD Aerospace and Defense. “We are excited and proud to be part of the Defiant™ team and look forward to providing solutions that will support the Army’s efforts.”
Throughout its 90 year history, LORD has commercialized innovative products for the rotary wing industry. For the SB>1 DEFIANT technology demonstrator, LORD continues this great tradition by supplying game-changing technologies that will enable new benchmark performance for coaxial rotorcraft.
The Sikorsky-Boeing  SB>1 DEFIANT technology demonstrator is based on Sikorsky’s X2 Technology rotorcraft design with counter-rotating coaxial main rotors and a pusher propeller, and advanced fly-by-wire system. The Army last year selected the Sikorsky-Boeing team as one of two industry teams to proceed with the development of demonstration aircraft. The two demonstrators are expected to fly in 2017.


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