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Bell Completes V-280 Tiltrotor Prototype for Army

Bell Completes V-280 Tiltrotor Prototype for Army - top government contractors - best government contracting event

Bell Completes V-280 Tiltrotor Prototype for Army - top government contractors - best government contracting eventTextron‘s Bell Helicopter subsidiary has completed the prototype build of a tiltrotor aircraft platform designed for the Joint Multi-Role Technology Demonstrator program under the U.S. Army‘s Future Vertical Lift initiative.

Bell said Wednesday it aims to demonstrate its V-280 Valor offering this fall through a maiden flight test.

Lockheed Martin built V-280’s cockpit, avionics, distributed aperture system and mission package as part of a partnership agreement signed in 2013.

Other Team Valor members are Astronics, Eaton, General Electric, GKN Aerospace, Israel Aerospace Industries, Lord, Meggitt, Moog, Spirit and Tru Simulation and Training.

V-280 is designed to function at a speed and range similar to fixed-wing aircraft.

Boeing and Sikorsky developed the SB1 Defiant rotocraft as their joint offering for the JMR-TD program under a technology investment agreement with the Army.

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Written by Mary-Louise Hoffman

is a writer of news summaries about executive-level business activity in the government contracting sector. Her reports for ExecutiveBiz are focused on trends and events that drive the GovCon industry to include commercial technologies that private companies are developing for federal government use. She contributes news content to ExecutiveBiz’s sister sites GovCon Wire and ExecutiveGov.

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