Bell Helicopter, October 16, 2013 - Fort Worth, TX - Today, Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company, announced GE Aviation, an operating unit of GE, will team with Bell on its V-280 Valor, a third generation tiltrotor.
"We are very excited to welcome GE to Team Valor. GE is a world-leading engine provider, and we are pleased they have made the strategic decision to align interests and resources with us on the Bell V-280," said John Garrison, president and CEO of Bell Helicopter. "Our combined rotorcraft expertise will ensure the highest levels of maturity and technical readiness for the US Army."
"GE is proud to team with Bell on the V-280 Valor with a proven propulsion system to support this technology demonstration," said Jean Lydon-Rodgers, vice president and general manager, GE Aviation Military Systems Operation. "GE continues to invest in next generation propulsion technology through the Future Affordable Turbine Engine (FATE) program. We look forward to providing the US Army with exciting, advanced technologies for Future Vertical Lift leading to a robust, durable engine that delivers tremendous performance and superior fuel consumption while meeting aggressive cost targets."
Team Valor is comprised of leading aerospace companies, bringing the best engineering resources, capabilities, and critical thinking in the industry to meet the Army's needs. Additional team members will be announced in the coming weeks.
The transformational features of Bell Helicopter's third generation tiltrotor represent the most operationally effective aircraft for the U.S. Army's Future Vertical Lift requirements. With increased maintainability and component and systems reliability, the Bell V-280 is designed to deliver the best value in procurement, operations and support, and force structure. With more than twice the speed and range, the Bell V-280 Valor will offer commanders a combat maneuver platform with unmatched operational agility to self-deploy and perform a multitude of vertical lift missions unachievable with current aircraft.
About Bell Helicopter: Bell Helicopter, a wholly owned subsidiary of Textron Inc., is an industry-leading producer of commercial and military, manned and unmanned vertical-lift aircraft and the pioneer of the revolutionary tiltrotor aircraft. Globally recognized for world-class customer service, innovation and superior quality, Bell's global workforce serves customers flying Bell aircraft in more than 120 countries.
About GE Aviation: GE Aviation, an operating unit of GE, is a world-leading provider of jet and turboprop engines, components and integrated systems for commercial, military, business and general aviation aircraft. GE Aviation has a global service network to support these offerings.