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Boeing-Sikorsky team, Bell selected for U.S. helicopter program

Boeing-Sikorsky team, Bell selected for U.S. helicopter program

(Reuters) - A team of Boeing Co and Sikorsky Aircraft Corp and Textron Inc's Bell Helicopter have been selected to build prototypes of a multi-role vertical-lift aircraft as part of the U.S. Army's plan to replace thousands of helicopters.

The first flight for the Boeing-Sikorsky prototype helicopter, SB>1 Defiant, is expected in 2017, the companies said in a statement on Tuesday. (http://bit.ly/1r7emyV)

Sikorsky, a unit of United Technologies Corp , and Boeing said in January they were teaming up to submit a joint proposal in response to an Army technology demonstration project to attract design plans for the new aircraft. (http://reut.rs/1sVb7bg)

The project,...

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