COOL: The military helicopter that will replace the Blackhawk.

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, and Team Valor 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.

Check out some of the comments on their youtube page:

Brett Webb5 days ago

More like a smaller Osprey. Meant to replace the Black Hawk helicopter.

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Tony1 day ago

@Brett Webb i doubt this will see a real military contract.

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Brett Webb1 day ago (edited)

@Tony It's entirely possible. Tilt Rotors are expensive and usually maintenance intensive, but the V280 is at least more elegantly engineered than the Osprey (no rotating engines, etc)... Still, based on the capabilities of the V280 vs it's direct competition the SB-1 Defiant, I'm betting that the V280 is going to get the contract... It's hard to ignore the advantages tilt rotors can provide, such as speed and endurance...  For example, looking at range, the V280 is capable of 2,400 miles, while the SB1 is expected to top out at around 229 miles. The V280 is also faster, cruising at 320mph and topping out at 350mph, while the SB1 is only capable of cruising at 285 mph. Those are some pretty major advantages... Personally, I do think it's likely they'll try to market a civilian version of this regardless of the military contract. There are a lot of businesses that would appreciate a long range civilian tilt rotor and be willing to pay for it...

 
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