Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, and Team Valor on 18 December 2018 marked the anniversary of the V-280 Valor's first flight by continuing to prove the aircraft's performance and technical maturity. . As part of the U.S. Army led Joint Multi-Role Technology Demonstrator (JMR-TD) program, the V-280 demonstrates that close collaboration between government and industry can deliver transformational speed, range and agility in vertical lift, in a fast and sustainable process.
"I am proud of the team's remarkable accomplishments during the first year of flight. By working with the government, we continue to prove the V-280 is the agile aircraft that our military needs now." President and CEO Mitch Snyder said.
In nearly 85 hours of flight and more than 180 rotor turn hours, some V-280 flight testing milestones are:
Forward flight at 250 knots true airspeed
In-flight transitions between cruise mode and vertical takeoff and landing
50-degree banked turns at 200 knots indicated airspeed
4,500 feet per minute rate of climb and sustained flight at 11,500 feet altitude
Single flight ferry flight of over 370 miles
Demonstrated low and high-speed agility with fly-by-wire controls
The V-280 continues to expand the envelope in flight testing and expects to complete all the key performance parameters in the coming months, including additional low-speed agility tests and full cruise speed in forward flight.
Vince Tobin, executive vice president for military business at Bell said; "This anniversary is an important milestone as we provide options for the U.S. Army to meet its vision for a modernized force in the near future and regain overmatch in vertical lift. We are prepared to field a suitable, affordable and sustainable aircraft to meet that accelerated timeframe."
With twice the speed and range of existing helicopters, the Bell V-280 Valor is digitally-designed to provide decisive battlefield advantages with superior agility, payload, and reliability that will vastly increase warfighter survivability and lethality.