Valor helicopter

Bell Helicopter has selected Moog to work on the Bell V-280 Valor helicopter, which is competing for the US Army’s joint multi-role technology demonstrator (JMR-TD) programme contract.

Moog will design, manufacture and qualify an integrated flight control system, featuring flight control computers, support software, as well as the flight control actuation for the V-280 next generation tiltrotor aircraft.

Bell Helicopter president and CEO, John Garrison, said: "Moog’s experience and innovation helps us deliver the highest levels of maturity and technical readiness required for the US Army’s future vertical lift missions."

Moog Aircraft Group president Warren Johnson said: "We made the strategic decision to align our interests and resources with Bell Helicopter on this key programme and believe the Bell V-280 will be the most advanced, operationally-effective vertical lift solution, providing our soldiers an unparalleled combination of range, speed, and combat capability."

Bell Helicopter has recently received a JMR-TD technology investment agreement (TIA) from the army to start development of its demonstrator aircraft for planned flight testing in 2017.

"The Bell V-280 will be the most advanced, operationally-effective vertical lift solution."

Developed with an army-centric design, the V-280 Valor will provide the combatant commanders with an ability to conduct multiple vertical lift missions with enhanced agility and twice the speed and range of legacy helicopters.

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Offering the best value in procurement, operations and support, as well as force structure, the helicopter also has fewer parts, lowering complexity compared with previous generation tiltrotors.

A subset of the US Department of Defense’s (DoD) joint future vertical lift effort, the JMR programme aims to develop a family of helicopters with enhanced avionics, electronics, range, speed, propulsion, survivability, operating density altitudes and payload capacities.

Other competitors selected for the programme include AVX Aircraft, Karem Aircraft and Sikorsky Aircraft-Boeing team.

Image: The Bell V-280 Valor will enable commanders to conduct multiple vertical lift missions with greater speed and agility than conventional helicopters. Photo: courtesy of US Army.

Defence Technology