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The V-280 is a 3d-gen tiltrotor design for the US Army Future Vertical Lift programm (FVL) and also a tech demonstrator for the Joint Multi-Role programme (JMR). A prototype for the Bell-Lockheed design is currently under construction.

 

http://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/bell-sees-v-280-valor-as-common-attack-utility-platform-414269/



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the failure modes will catch up with this design in combat.....can't add enough armor ......

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Spirit AeroSystems rolls out V-280 helicopter fuselage for Bell

http://www.bizjournals.com/wichita/news/2015/09/22/spirit-aerosystems-rolls-out-v-280-helicopter.html#g6

In the rapid prototyping building tucked away on the campus of Spirit AeroSystems Inc. where numerous ideas have become actual aircraft, a new one was added to the list Tuesday — this one designed to improve fighting capability and save lives for the U.S. Army.

Spirit (NYSE: SPR) on Tuesday unveiled the completed composite fuselage for Bell Helicopter’s V-280 Valor tilt rotor, an aircraft that is competing in the Department of Defense’s Joint Multi-Role Technology Demonstrator (JMR-TD) program.

The goal is to replace 2,000 to 4,000 medium-class utility and attack helicopters for the Army, with the same type of capability the Bell Boeing V-22 Osprey has provided the U.S. Marines Corps.

Adding to the festive mood at Spirit was the fact that the development team took only 22 months to design and build the fuselage — a month ahead of schedule — while hitting the price points critical to winning the contract.

“We hit the price point, it’s game, set, match,” said Bell Helicopter’s president and CEO, John Garrison. “The competition doesn’t stand a chance.”

Bell is competing against a team of Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. and the Boeing Co. (NYSE: BA), which will be offering up SB-1 Defiant helicopter in a program that is a precursor to the DoD’s Future Vertical Lift program to replace existing helicopters.

It’s the first partnership between Spirit and Bell, an opportunity Garrison said he saw when Larry Lawson joined Spirit as CEO after leaving Lockheed Martin Corp.

Should Bell win out on the program, Spirit would be in line to build thousands of the fuselages.

Garrison said they hope to do so much quicker than the 2035 timeframe currently targeted by the military.

“Our war fighters need better capability,” he said. “Our job is to deliver the capability now.”

The first fuselage will now go from Spirit to Bell’s assembly facility in Amarillo, Texas.

It is expected to fly in September 2017.

Lawson has previously said defense is an area where Spirit can grow.

With the V-280, he said, the team at Spirit is demonstrating how cost efficiently it can provide such products — in this case a product that will help transform the way the Army carries out its mission.

It also demonstrates, he said, the company’s commitment to its customers.

That, he hopes, has also laid the foundation for future work with Bell.

“You want to be the first phone call your customer makes,” he said.

Lawson credited the team that designed and built the fuselage as the reason those customers make those calls.

That Tuesday’s speakers at the event stood beside it at all is testament to the work that team put in, said Phil Anderson, senior vic president of Spirit Defense.

“Without the people on this team, this great product wouldn’t be sitting here today in just 22 months,” Anderson said.



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http://aviationweek.com/defense/bell-ceo-army-should-move-faster-fvl-program

http://www.slideshare.net/TextronCorp/2015-heli-expo-jg-analyst-preso-v12-final



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Some cool pics of the single-screen co.ckpit:

https://twitter.com/jenjudson/status/653655338260955136



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I sure as hate to repair that, I don't think that chrome will keep its bling bling with the young bucks at the controls,,,,,,Too much reliance on the electrons.

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Yeah. That and I've seen enough mistakes on touch-screen phones to know what other disasters could result with a screen like that.

Sure looks pretty though... for the gaming culture.



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Bell V-280 Valor to continue in Army competition

U.S. Army awards Bell a contract for competitive demonstration and risk reduction work.

https://www.aerospacemanufacturinganddesign.com/article/bell-valor-280-continue-army-competition/

March 20, 2020

Posted by Eric Brothers

Bell Textron Inc., a Textron Inc. company, has been selected as a project agreement holder for the competitive demonstration and risk reduction (CD&RR) effort as part of the U.S. Army’s Future Long Range Assault Aircraft (FLRAA) program. Under the agreement, Bell will deliver a refined V-280 Valor design, with supporting technical documentation, that builds on the data captured during the more than two years and 170 hours of flight testing under the Joint Multi-Role Technology Demonstration (JMR TD) program to inform the FLRAA program of record.

“Bell and Team Valor are excited to continue working on a system that has proven its ability to bring exceptional capabilities to warfighters,” said Mitch Snyder, president and CEO at Bell. “The JMR TD and V-280 show that rapid maturation of new technology is possible with a solid government-industry partnership fueled by our talented and innovative workforce. We look forward to the FLRAA competition.”

This contract follows the successful U.S. Army led JMR TD program. As part of that program, Bell managed collaboration with the 12 leading companies that make up Team Valor to enable rapid production, systems integration, and deliberate program schedule to validate the V-280’s flight capabilities and operational relevance. The V-280 achieved all program goals, demonstrating its speed by flying more than 300kts and demonstrating low-speed agility attitude quickness. These characteristics are important to inform FLRAA program requirements to ensure the program will help warfighters meet the challenges of future multi-domain fights.

“This is an important milestone in the history of Bell and Army aviation. We are honored to be part of it,” said Keith Flail, vice president, Advanced Vertical Lift Systems at Bell. “The next phase is an opportunity for this team to build on the success of the last six years and continue to bring the proof that we can provide transformative capabilities to our Army in line with their stated goal of 2030.”

The V-280 Valor was developed in support of the government Future Vertical Lift (FVL) program, the Army’s number three modernization priority area. The FLRAA program is meant to produce a medium-lift utility rotorcraft replacement with transformational speed, power, and maneuverability, at a sustainable cost, to active duty and reserve aviation units.



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