Bell Helicopter is to display its newest tiltrotor innovations, the V-280 “Valor” mock-up and V-247 “Vigilant” unmanned aerial system model at 2016 Association of the US Army (AUSA) 2016 show next week.
A V-280 virtual reality experience will allow participants to step into different Valor mission scenarios, making it possible to more fully observe and understand the capabilities of the V-280 tiltrotor in an augmented environment.
Mitch Snyder, president and CEO at Bell Helicopter said in a company's statement Friday, “The tiltrotor technology of the V-280 Valor and V-247 Vigilant will stretch the dimensions of the battlefield, and Bell Helicopter will continue to challenge the traditional notion of flying so that our military can efficiently protect our freedom.”
The Bell V-247 Vigilant, Bell Helicopter’s newest tiltrotor is designed to provide long-endurance persistent expeditionary and surveillance capability and lethal reach, as well as runway independence to operate successfully in maritime environments and locations without secure runway availability.
The Vigilant offers original features including a modular payload system to provide maximum flexibility and power distribution system to provide maximum mission capabilities. It provides extended range flying from land or ship, expeditionary capabilities, and has the ability to remain on-station with heightened loiter times for extended periods. In a two-ship configuration, the Bell V-247 Vigilant can provide 24-hour sensor coverage to effectively control the battle space. The aircraft could be available for production in 2023.
The Bell V-280 Joint Multi-Role Technology Demonstrator (JMR-TD) mockup will also be on display, offering a sneak preview into the near future of vertical lift.
The V-280 Valor tiltrotor converts vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) capability into a tactical, operational and strategic advantage for the warfighter. The first flight of the V-280 Valor is scheduled for the second half of 2017.
Bell Helicopter was awarded an $86.9 million foreign military sales (FMS) contract to produce and deliver five Huey II helicopters, spare parts and special tools each to Kenya and Uganda
Bell Boeing has been awarded the US Navy contract worth $80 million to provide repair of various parts on the V-22 aircraft. “Bell Boeing Joint Program Office, California, Maryland, is being awarded $80,250,156 for modification of delivery order 0006 under a previously awarded contract (N00019-09-D-0008) for repair of various parts on the V-22 aircraft,” the US Department of Defense announced Tuesday
Bell-Boeing has been awarded a Foreign Military Sales contract worth $9 million for the procurement of one MV-22 Tiltrotor Containerized Flight Training Device for the government of Japan. “Bell Boeing Joint Project Office, Amarillo, Texas, is being awarded $9,561,182 for modification P00010 to a previously awarded firm-fixed-price contract (N61340-12-C-0033) for the procurement of one MV-22 Tiltrotor Containerized Flight Training Device for the government of Japan under the Foreign Military Sales program,” the US Department of Defense announced Thursday
Bell-Boeing is being awarded a $544 million modification Lot 17-21 multi-year contract for the long lead production materials and the manufacture and delivery of four MV-22 tiltrotor aircraft for Japan. The contract also includes incorporation of an engineering change proposal for the standby flight display
Bell-Boeing has been awarded a contract estimated $73 million for the manufacture and delivery of one CV-22 Osprey tilt rotor aircraft for the US Air Force. “Bell-Boeing Joint Project Office, Amarillo, Texas, is being awarded $73,939,536 for modification P00053 to the previously awarded fixed-price-incentive-firm target multi-year contract (N00019-12-C-2001)
Bell Helicopter is preparing for initial ground run of its V-280 Valor after it achieved 100 percent build completion on the prototype aircraft. This is a clean sheet tiltrotor, applying lessons learned from previous generations of tiltrotor to create groundbreaking simplicity and deliver transformational, affordable technology to alter the course of vertical flight, the company said in a statement Wednesday
A private helicopter in India has been crashed while it was carrying CoBRA commandos near a Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) camp, leaving five occupants injured in Sukhma district of the country's central part. Two officers and a commando of the jungle warfare unit of the CoBRA were among five people who got injured following the crash in the evening near paramilitary force camp known as Chintagupha, deep in the naxal hotbed of South Bastar in Chhattisgarh
Textrons Bell Helicopter has won a three-year, $423 million contract from the US Navy to produce and deliver 25 lot 14 AH-1Z attack helicopters in support of the US Marine Corps H-1 upgrade program. The company will perform work till February 2020 under the modification to a previously awarded fixed-price-incentive contract, the Defense Department said Wednesday
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