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
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
pictured (pic4) on display at FIA 2016

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