Photo via Lockheed Martin

Since 1939, aerospace manufacturers Boeing and Sikorsky Aircraft have remained synonymous with dependable fixed-wing aircraft and helicopters, respectively, responsible for supplying the US armed forces with illustrious vehicles from the venerable F/A-18 Super Hornet and Air Force One to the combat-ready Black Hawk and Chinook helos. Now, the two firms are teaming up to develop a brand new gunship for the US military: The SB-1 assault helicopter.

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U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Sean Harriman

In the early morning on Oct. 2, 2010, more than 90 Italian soldiers and Afghan special forces huddled together as they waited to embark on CH-47 Chinooks. They were preparing for an air assault mission against an “insurgent hotbed,” according to an April 2011 Department of Defense news article.

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