Spirit AeroSystems completes first fuselage for Bell V-280 Valor
Spirit AeroSystems Inc announced it has completed the first fuselage to Bell Helicopter for the joint multi-role technology demonstrator (JMR-TD) programme. The unit was designed and assembled in Spirit’s rapid prototyping facility in Wichita, Kansas, in just 22 months. The composite fuselage is being prepped to ship to Bell’s Amarillo, Texas, facility for final assembly.
The US Army-led JMR-TD programme is the science and technology precursor to the Department of Defense’s Future Vertical Lift programme, with the goal to replace 2,000 to 4,000 medium-class utility and attack helicopters. The V-280 Valor is Bell Helicopter’s offering for the JMR-TD programme. A next-generation tiltrotor, the Bell V-280 Valor advanced technology tiltrotor provides unmatched speed, range and payload for expeditionary manoeuvre to win in a complex world.
The V-280 is scheduled to make its first flight in the second half of 2017.