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.
The Bell V-280 Valor design supports ground maneuver and is purpose built for the squad plus enablers. The design features integrated cabin armor, fly-by-wire component redundancy and countermeasures.
The design to build technology used on the V-280 Valor significantly enhances manufacturing, assembly, and sustainability, while greatly reducing the total cost of ownership. Advanced tiltrotor speed and range provides commanders access not currently available, the company states on its website.
Bell-Boeing is being awarded $57 million modification to a previously awarded contract for non-recurring engineering and the retrofit of one MV-22 aircraft in support of the V-22 Common Configuration-Readiness and Modernization (CC-RAM) Program. CC-RAM is an aircraft readiness improvement initiative to modify MV-22 aircraft to a Block C common configuration, US Department of Defense said in a statement Thursday
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
Bell-Boeing Joint Project Office (JPO) has won a $138 million Navy engineering contract from US department of defense to develop and test the V-22 Osprey tilt rotor aircraft for Japan. “Bell-Boeing JPO, Amarillo, Texas, is being awarded $138
Bell-Boeing has been awarded two US Navy contracts estimated $411 million to repair various parts of the V-22 aircraft. The first contract is worth $246 million that has one-year base period and a one-year option period
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
The Bell V-280 Valor prototype aircraft has successfully achieved ground run testing at 100% rotor speed or RPM. The aircraft will continue ground run testing at the Bell Helicopter Amarillo Assembly Center where it will undergo a series of functional tests running all aircraft systems and flight controls in preparation for first flight this fall
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