AMARILLO, Texas–(BUSINESS WIRE)–BellHelicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, today announced thatits V-280 Valor has achieved first flight. The V-280 Valor is anext-generation tiltrotor that is designed to provide unmatched agility,speed, range and payload capabilities at an affordable cost. Thismilestone represents exceptional progress on the V-280 developmentprogram and brings Bell Helicopter one step closer to creating the nextgeneration of vertical lift aircraft for themilitary.
“This is an exciting time for Bell Helicopter, and I could not be moreproud of the progress we have made with first flight of the Bell V-280,”says Mitch Snyder, President & CEO for Bell Helicopter. “First flightdemonstrates our commitment to supporting Department of Defenseleadership’s modernization priorities and acquisition reforminitiatives. The Valor is designed to revolutionize vertical lift forthe Army and represents a transformational aircraft for all thechallenging missions our armed forces are asked to undertake.
“We are thrilled to share in this success of the V-280 first flight withTeam Valor,” added Snyder. “The V-280 intends to completely transformwhat is possible for the military when it comes to battle planning andforward operations.”
The Bell V-280 Valor program is part of the Joint Multi Role TechnologyDemonstrator (JMR-TD) initiative. The JMR-TD program is the science andtechnology precursor to the Department of Defense’s Future Vertical Liftprogram. The V-280 program brings together the engineering resources andindustrial capabilities of Bell Helicopter, Lockheed Martin, GE, Moog,IAI, TRU Simulation & Training, Astronics, Eaton, GKN Aerospace, Lord,Meggitt and Spirit AeroSystems—collectively referred to as TeamValor.
The Bell V-280 Valor is postured to provide the Army with thehighest levels of maturity and technical readiness. The aircraft isdesigned to provide the best value in procurement, operations andsupport, and force structure, while delivering desired leap-aheadperformance capabilities with increased maintainability, reliability andaffordability to the DoD. With twice the speed and range of conventionalhelicopters, the Valor is designed to offer maneuver commandersunmatched operational agility to self-deploy and perform a multitude ofvertical lift missions currently unachievable in one aircraft. The BellV-280 is a combat force multiplier with superior performance, payload,survivability, and reliability to give the warfighter the decisiveadvantage.
*Check back soon, the Bell V-280 Valor first flight video/imageswill be downloadable here:
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About Bell Helicopter
Bell Helicopter, a wholly owned subsidiary of Textron Inc., is anindustry-leading producer of commercial and military, manned andunmanned vertical-lift aircraft and the pioneer of the revolutionarytiltrotor aircraft. Globally recognized for world-class customerservice, innovation and superior quality, Bell’s global workforce servescustomers flying Bell aircraft in more than 120 countries.
About Textron Inc.
Textron Inc. is a multi-industry company that leverages its globalnetwork of aircraft, defense, industrial and finance businesses toprovide customers with innovative solutions and services. Textron isknown around the world for its powerful brands such as Bell Helicopter,Cessna, Beechcraft, Hawker, Jacobsen, Kautex, Lycoming, E-Z-GO,Greenlee, Textron Off Road, Artic Cat, Textron Systems, and TRUSimulation + Training. For more information, visit: .
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