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