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​Quad A 2017: V-280 on time, on the money

25th April 2017 - 12:42 GMT | by Helen Haxell in Dallas


With five months to go until the V-280 Valor embarks on its first flight, testing and simulations are keeping the tiltrotor's aggressive timeline on track.

The mid-sized Capability Set 3 requirements for the US Army's Future Vertical Lift programme is currently being investigated under the Joint Multi-Role technology demonstration programme by Bell and Boeing-Sikorsky with their SB>1 Defiant.

According to an update provided by Bell Helicopter on 24 April, the V-280 flight test vehicle was now '95% complete' at the company's facility in Amarillo, Texas, and remains 'well on track' for its first flight in September 2017.

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Helen Haxell


Helen Haxell

Helen Haxell was Air Editor at Shephard Media, having joined in February 2016 as Editor …

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