Bell to demo V-280 tiltro­tor for JMR-TD pro­gramme

SP's MAI - - AEROSPACE DEVELOPMENTS -

Bell He­li­copter an­nounced that the US Army has awarded a tech­nol­ogy in­vest­ment agree­ment (TIA) for the joint multi-role ( JMR) tech­nol­ogy demon­stra­tor (TD) pro­gramme to Bell He­li­copter based on its Bell V-280 Valor. Bell He­li­cop- ter’s third gen­er­a­tion tiltro­tor de­sign is on track to achieve first flight in 2017.

“Team Valor is ex­cited about Bell He­li­copter’s se­lec­tion and TIA award for the JMR-TD. We look for­ward to work­ing with the Army to demon­strate the su­pe­rior ca­pa­bil­ity of the next-gen­er­a­tion tiltro­tor air­craft,” said Keith Flail, Di­rec­tor of Bell He­li­copter’s JMR-TD pro­gramme. “The un­prece­dented speed and range of the Bell V-280’s tiltro­tor tech­nol­ogy max­imises op­er­a­tional ef­fec­tive­ness for fu­ture mil­i­tary op­er­a­tions, and the Bell V-280 of­fers the best so­lu­tion for the US Army. Bell He­li­copter’s clean-sheet de­sign and fly-by-wire ex­per­tise prom­ise the Bell V-280 Valor will be a trans­for­ma­tional air­craft on the bat­tle­field.”

The Bell V-280 Valor presents the US Army with the high­est lev­els of ma­tu­rity and tech­ni­cal readi­ness, with re­duced com­plex­ity com­pared to pre­vi­ous gen­er­a­tion tiltro­tors. The Bell V-280 pro­vides the best value in pro­cure­ment, op­er­a­tions and sup­port, and force struc­ture, while de­liv­er­ing de­sired leap-ahead per­for­mance ca­pa­bil­i­ties with in­creased main­tain­abil­ity, re­li­a­bil­ity and af­ford­abil­ity to the Depart­ment of De­fense.

With twice the speed and range of con­ven­tional he­li­copters, the Bell V-280 Valor will of­fer ma­noeu­vre com­man­ders un­matched op­er­a­tional agility to self-de­ploy and per­form a mul­ti­tude of ver­ti­cal lift mis­sions cur­rently un­achiev­able in one air­craft. The Bell V-280 is a com­bat force mul­ti­plier with su­pe­rior per­for­mance, pay­load, sur­viv­abil­ity, and re­li­a­bil­ity to give the warfighter the de­ci­sive ad­van­tage.

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