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.

In August 2019, prototype reached over 300 knots speed.

In December 2022 announced winner of the FLRAA competition against the Defiant

Specifications V-280 Valor

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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  List of Operators of V-280 Valor

Years Model Org
2031 usa US Army Aviation

  Global Distribution of V-280 Valor

2V-280 Valor

Construction Numbers

C/N Built as Year History
60105 2017 US N280BH
mockup US mockup

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