Boeing-Sikorsky Team to Develop ‘Digital Backbone’ for Army Tech Demo Program; Samir Mehta Comments

ContractBoeing (NYSE: BA) and a subsidiary of United Technologies (NYSE: UTX) have signed a technology investment agreement with the U.S. Army‘s Aviation Applied Technology Directorate to provide support for the Joint Multi-Role Technology Demonstrator program.

The Boeing-Sikorsky Aircraft team will help to develop the Joint Common Architecture standard for the Army’s JMR TD program as part of the Future Vertical Lift project, the companies said Friday.

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“The Army considers the JCA to be the ‘digital backbone’ through which mission systems will be seamlessly integrated into the FVL system’s design, ” said Samir Mehta, president of Sikorsky’s defense systems and services business.

The team, with its “SB>1 Defiant” proposal to leverage Sikorsky’s X2 Technology rotorcraft design, is among three other teams that are bidding for a contract to build a demonstration aircraft for the JMR TD program.

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