FORT WORTH, Texas, Oct. 17 (UPI) -- Bell Helicopter has selected GE Aviation to power its V-280 Valor, a third-generation tilt-rotor aircraft under development, the company announced.
The V-280 Valor will have more than twice the speed and range of current helicopters and is aimed to meet the needs of the U.S. Army's Future Vertical Lift II program.
"GE is a world-leading engine provider, and we are pleased they have made the strategic decision to align interests and resources with us on the Bell V-280," said John Garrison, president and chief executive officer of Bell Helicopter. "Our combined rotorcraft expertise will ensure the highest levels of maturity and technical readiness for the U.S. Army."
Bell Helicopter said its team for the demonstrator aircraft to be produced is comprised of leading aerospace companies and additional team members will be announced in the coming weeks.
"GE is proud to team with Bell on the V-280 Valor with a proven propulsion system to support this technology demonstration," said Jean Lydon-Rodgers, vice president and general manager, GE Aviation Military Systems Operation. "We look forward to providing the U.S. Army with exciting, advanced technologies for Future Vertical Lift leading to a robust, durable engine that delivers tremendous performance and superior fuel consumption while meeting aggressive cost targets."