Sikorsky MATRIX™ Technology

Redefining Autonomous System
Safety, Reliability, and Effectiveness

Sikorsky’s MATRIX™ Technology program is developing systems intelligence that will give operators the confidence to fly their large rotorcraft safely, reliably and affordably as autonomous or optionally piloted aircraft. The program will also improve operator effectiveness when making decisions for manned aircraft.

MATRIX™ technology combines software and hardware components, enabling autonomous, reliable mission execution in obstacle-rich environments. This creates a safer flying experience overall.


Executes complex missions in low altitude, obstacle-rich environments or in degraded, uncertain conditions


Improves system reliability through multi-level contingency management


Reduces lifecycle cost and operating cost per flight hour


Platform agnostic design supports multiple vehicles enabling mission tailoring


Sikorsky Autonomy Research Aircraft (SARA)

Sikorsky Autonomy Research Aircraft (SARA) utilizes MATRIX™ Technology which enables users of military and commercial helicopters, and vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) aircraft, to safely, reliably and affordably operate as autonomously or optionally piloted aircraft.



The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency's (DARPA) Aircrew Labor In-Cockpit Automation System (ALIAS) program is leveraging advances in autonomy to reduce pilot workload, augment mission performance, and improve aircraft safety and reliability. Together with DARPA, Sikorsky is working to improve and expand the capabilities developed through a tailorable autonomy kit for installation in both fixed wing airplanes and helicopters.

Through the DARPA ALIAS program, Sikorsky is developing systems intelligence that will give operators the confidence to fly aircraft safely, reliably and affordably in optimally piloted modes enabling flight with two, one or zero crew. The program will improve operator decision aiding for manned operations while also enabling unmanned operations.


What’s Next?

Sikorsky is working on integrating MATRIX™ technology into an optionally piloted Black Hawk for military applications.


WATCH: Sikorsky Completes DARPA ALIAS Phase 2 Autonomous Flight



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