Bell V-247 Vigilant

Future helicopter Derived from V-280 Valor

Bell V-247 Vigilant

First unveiled on August 2016, the V-247 is an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) tiltrotor proposed to be used by the U.S. Marines.

The Vigilant is a single-engine sea-based platform capable to operate from frigate type ships with a 250 knots cruise speed at a 450 nautical miles distance in a 11 hours long mission. About half the size of the V-22 Osprey, is classified as a Group 5 UAS and could be ready for production by 2023.

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US Army Could Select Future Aircraft by 2020, 06-Apr-19 : #FARA The US Army looks to award the Future Attack Reconnaissance Aircraft (FARA) contract in March 2020. FARA will replace 50% of its aging AH-64 Apache fleet

Bell and Rolls-Royce Teaming for Future Aircraft, 23-Mar-19 : #engines Bell Helicopter and Rolls-Royce signed teaming agreement to research engine designs to improve safety, performance and affordability for future aircraft V-280 Valor and V-247 Vigilant

Bell’s Flight Research Center Expanded, 26-Oct-18 : #FRC Bell presented their expanded Flight Research Center (FRC) in Arlington, Texas which houses the newest programs including the V-280, 525, V-247 and the Autonomous Pod Transport (APT)

V-247 and V-280 at the AAAA 2017, 17-Apr-17 : Bell V-247 and V-280 to be featured at the 2017 Army Aviation Mission Solutions Summit in Nashville, TN, April 26-28

Bell V-247 and V-280 Tiltrotors at AUSA 2016, 29-Sep-16 : Bell Helicopter to feature the V-280 Valor and new V-247 Vigilant at the the 2016 Association of the United States Army (AUSA) Annual Meeting & Exposition in Washington DC, October 3-5

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