Bell, U.S. Army in technology investment agreement

Oct. 10, 2013 at 11:34 AM
Sign up for our Security newsletter

FORT WORTH, Texas, Oct. 10 (UPI) -- The U.S. Army is supporting Bell Helicopter in its development of a third-generation tilt-rotor helicopter named the V-280 Valor.

The Technology Investment Agreement is for the Joint Multi-Role (JMR) Technology Demonstrator (TD) program.

"Team Valor is excited about Bell Helicopter's selection and TIA award for the JMR-TD," said Keith Flail, director of Bell Helicopter's JMR-TD program. "We look forward to working with the Army to demonstrate the superior capability of the next generation tilt-rotor aircraft.

"The unprecedented speed and range of the Bell V-280's tilt-rotor technology maximizes operational effectiveness for future military operations, and the Bell V-280 offers the best solution for the U.S. Army."

The tilt-rotor will fly at twice the speed of current helicopters and with superior maneuverability. The aircraft's combat range would be up to 800 nautical miles.

"The JMR-TD program is the science and technology precursor to the Department of Defense's Future Vertical Lift program expected to replace between 2,000 and 4,000 medium-class utility and attack helicopters," Bell said. "The U.S. Army and Department of Defense are seeking leap-ahead capabilities and have identified a speed of 230-plus knots as a key discriminating capability."

Bell said the V-280 is on track for first flight in 2017.

Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for more news from
Related UPI Stories
share with facebook
share with twitter
Trending Stories