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Bell makes move on FLRAA test lab construction despite ongoing Defiant protest

27th March 2023 - 18:30 GMT | by Norbert Neumann in London


Bell was awarded the deal that’s worth up to $1,3 billion to replace the US Army’s UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters. (Photo: Bell)

Bell Textron began laying the foundations for a new testing facility for its V-280 Valor helicopter despite protest over its US Army Future Long-Range Assault Aircraft (FLRAA) contract win.

Bell Textron executives have broken ground on a new facility dedicated to testing parts for the company's prospective helicopters, including the V-280 Valor that has won the US Army's Future Long-Range Assault Aircraft contract.

Bell was awarded the $1.3 billion deal to replace the US Army's UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters in early December 2022. 

Team Defiant X, however, did not think the decision was made correctly and filed a protest with the US Government Accountability Office (GAO).

The administrative challenge set off by the protest is expected to be resolved by 7 April.

Despite the ongoing selection process review, Bell began laying

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Norbert Neumann


Norbert Neumann

Norbert is the Aviation, Military Training & Simulation reporter at Shephard Media. Before joining Shephard in …

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