The US Army’s future V-280 Valor tiltrotor aircraft has successfully conducted its initial flight.
The V-280 Valor was built by Bell Helicopter under the joint multi-role technology demonstrator (JMR-TD) initiative.
The successful flight enables the company to continue with the development of vertical lift aircraft.
Commanders will be able to self-deploy and perform a variety of vertical lift missions in the Valor. It has been designed to travel at twice the speed of conventional helicopters.
Bell V-280 is claimed to provide high-level performance and reliability to give troops a decisive advantage.
Bell Helicopter president and CEO Mitch Snyder said: “The Valor is designed to revolutionise vertical lift for the US Army and represents a transformational aircraft for all the challenging missions our armed forces are asked to undertake.
“The V-280 intends to completely transform what is possible for the military when it comes to battle planning and forward operations.”
The Bell V-280 has an aluminium sub-structure with composite skins. It was built by Spirit AeroSystems at its facility in Wichita, Kansas, US.