Bell V-280 Valor

Derived from V-22 Osprey

Bell V-280 Valor

The V-280 Valor is Bell's third generation tilt-rotor designed for the the US Army’s Joint Multi-Role (JMR) / Future Vertical Lift (FVL) programme which search for a UH-60 Black Hawk replacement from 2030. The V-280 will cruise at 280kts (519km/h) carrying 11 passengers with a mission radius of over 250nm (463km). Prototype performed first flight on December 18, 2017.

Main contender will be Sikorsky/Boeing Defiant based on X-2 technology.

Lockheed-Martin joined the V-280 team on September 2013 but its acquisition of Sikorsky on October 2015 may actually cause some contractual changes.

On August 2019, prototype reached over 300 knots speed.


Engine: 2 x GE T64-GE-419 4750 shp
Capacity: 4 + 14
Length: (m) 20
Height: (m) 7
Blades: 6
Rotor diam.: (m) 11
Disc area: (m2)
Weight: (kgs) Empty: 15000     Max: 26000
Speed: (km/h) Cruise: 519
Range: (km) 1200
Ceiling: (m) 1800
Rate/Climb: (m/min)

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C/NBuilt asYearHistory
60105 2017 US N280BH : Bell V-280 Valor prototype for for FLRAA program; 22se+
May16 joining of the wing and nacelles to the fuselage.
06sep17 build completed
18dec17 pictured during first flight at Amarillo, TX
06feb18 reached for the first time 80 knots during flig+
07feb18 for the first time flown by US Army pilot at Am+
15may18 first flight in cruise mode
Dec18 flying around Milford, Texas
Mar19 first flight with Lockheed-Martin PDAS visual pil+
Apr19 first fast rope trials
Aug19 continuing flight test program completed demonstr+
mockup US mockup : 10sep13 Mockup shown at the 2013 Maneuver Warfighter Co+
13oct14 at Washington DC for AUSA 2014
11jul16 pictured (pic4) on display at FIA 2016

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