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V-280 Valor  
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 2025
Maiden Flight: 18 December 2017
Total Production: ?
Origin: United States of America
Corporations: AGC AeroComposites, Astronics, Bell Textron*, Eaton Corporation, GE Aviation, GKN Aerospace, Israel Aerospace Industries Ltd. (IAI), Lockheed Martin, LORD Corporation, Meggitt Avionics, Moog Inc., Spirit AeroSystems and TRU Simulation + Training Inc   (*) lead contractor
Parent System: V-280 Valor
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 2025
Maiden Flight: 18 December 2017
Total Production: ?
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Description: The Bell Helicopter V-280 Valor is a Joint Multi-Role (JMR) technology demonstrator (TD) developed under the US Army's Future Vertical Lift (FVL) program. The V-280 Valor is a third generation tiltrotor aircraft developed by Bell Helicopter and delivering unparalleled speed, range and agility over the battlefield having twice the speed and range of conventional helicopters. The Bell V-280 features triple redundant fly-by-wire flight control system, conventional retractable landing gear and two six-inch large side doors for rapid ingress/egress of troops. The rotorcraft will be powered by two General Electric T64-GE-419 engines. Bell Helicopter plans to use a version of the Future Affordable Turbine Engine (FATE) in the production version of the Valor. The US Department of Defense Future Vertical Lift (FVL) initiative will form the basis for the replacement of 2,000 to 4,000 medium-class utility and attack helicopters.

V-280 Valor Specifications

Crew: 2
Number of Engines: 2
Troops: 14
Hovering Ceiling: 6,000 foot (1,829 meter)
Max Range: 2,100 nautical mile (2,417 mile)
Radius of Operation: 800 nautical mile (921 mile)
Cruise Speed: 280 KTAS (518 kph)
Payload: 12,000 pound (5.44 ton)
CEP: Circular Error Probable
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V-280 Valor News

There are 7 news between
9 Sep 2013 and 27 Mar 2020
Friday, March 27, 2020US Army Selects Four Designs for Future Vertical Lift Program
Tuesday, May 15, 2018V-280 Valor Prototype Peforms First Ever Cruise Mode Flight
Monday, December 18, 2017Bell V-280 Valor Tiltrotor Aircraft Performs First Flight
Tuesday, October 14, 2014Bell Helicopter, IAI Announce Cooperative Agreement
Monday, October 13, 2014General Electric T64-GE-419 Engine to Power Bell V-280 Valor Demonstrator
Tuesday, October 8, 2013Bell V-280 Valor Tiltrotor Prototype to Fly by 2017
Monday, September 9, 2013Bell Helicopter and Lockheed Martin Team on V-280 Valor

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