Is the Bell V-280 Valor the future choice of the of US military instead of traditional helicopters? At twice the speed and twice the range, Bell Helicopter is pitching their new V-280 Valor to US military services.
Bell Helicopter’s newest tilt-rotor is almost ready for its first flight. The company said it expects the V-280 Valor prototype to have its first flight in September.
Unlike the V-22 tilt-rotor that is also manufactured in Amarillo, the V-280 is much smaller and allows passengers to exit from side doors instead of the back door on the V-22. Another critical difference is how the V-280 transitions from vertical to horizontal flight as only its gearboxes rotate on the aircraft. On the V-22, the entire engine rotates.