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Bell V-280 Valor Tiltrotor Completes Ground Run Testing (Bell Helicopter photo)

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.

​Bell Helicopter is featuring V-280 interactive mock-up with augmented reality at AUSA annual meeting this week.

The V-280 is a clean sheet next-generation tiltrotor designed to provide military with the speed, range and operational productivity needed to complete any mission successfully and outmatch every opponent. New innovations incorporated in the V-280 include stationary nacelles, which increases the ease of aircraft maintenance and safety of the ingress and egress. The newest tiltrotor offers fixed-wing high speed performance and low speed agility, giving soldiers and operators the option to select the best pace and maneuverability for their mission.

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