Boeing and Sikorsky will more than double the US government's spending if the team is chosen to build and demonstrate a rotorcraft for the US Army's Joint Multirole (JMR) helicopter programme, according to a Boeing executive.
"Together, Boeing and Sikorsky are planning to invest significantly more than what the government is investing," Leanne Caret, vice-president of Boeing's vertical lift division, said during a 29 July interview.
Caret added she anticipates inking a JMR Technology Demonstrator (TD) Phase 1 agreement in September and to down-select in June of next year. A first flight of the technologies is scheduled for 2017.
AVX Aircraft Company and Bell Helicopter, a subsidiary of Textron Inc., were also chosen to sign TD 1 contracts separately.