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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.

“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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