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 JMR aircraft 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

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C/NBuilt asYearHistory
60105 2017 US N280BH : Bell V-280 Valor prototype; 22sep15 fuselage completed+
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
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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