Bell V-280 Valor from Textron selected as new US Army long-range assault aircraft
Bell Textron Inc., a Textron company, was awarded the development contract for the U.S. Army’s Future Long-Range Assault Aircraft (FLRAA) program, Textron Inc. said today.
The application is based on Bell’s V-280 Valor tiltrotor, which was created and tested as part of the Joint Multi-Role Technology Demonstrator (JMR TD) program, which started in 2013. The V-280 achieved success through its design, manufacture, and more than three years of rigorous flight testing, which produced extensive data outlining the advantages of the aircraft for the long-range assault mission. This article builds on a decade of the V-280 Valor success through design, manufacture, and rigorous testing to show that this aircraft will operate in accordance with FLRAA post-flight inspection requirements. In collaboration with the Amy, Bell and its industrial partners have carefully developed the V-280 accelerator and its open systems approach.
“We are modernizing the American Academy’s aviation capabilities for decades to come. This is an exciting time for the American Academy, Bell, and Team Valor. Bell has a long history of supporting the American Association for Justice, and the company is prepared to give soldiers the speed and range they need to compete and prevail using the world’s most advanced, dependable, and affordable high-performance long-range assault weapon system, according to Bell President and CEO Mitch Snyder.
We are honored that the Bell V-280 Valor has been chosen by the US Army as its next-generation assault aircraft. By developing an extremely adaptable and functional armament system to fulfill the requirements of the Amy’s mission, we hope to strengthen that trust. Scott C. Donnelly, Textron’s chairman and chief executive officer, said, “We are pleased to play a significant role in the future of the Amy Association.
According to Keith Flail, executive vice president of Bell’s advanced vertical lift systems, “during the past few years, the Bell team has proved the superior operational capabilities, digital technology synergies, and platform usability advantages the V-280 promises.” Bell is prepared to use our world-class manufacturing facilities and our decades of tiltrotor experience to deliver a modern FLRAA fleet to the American people.
The initial contract specifies the design, sustainment, manufacturing, digital engineering, systems integration, flight-testing, and AI-worthiness certification of the armament system. This initiative builds on Bell’s history of more than 85 years of providing 30,000 reliable commercial and military customers in the United States and around the world with lift products.
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