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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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