Bell V-280 Valor™ Selected for Army’s JMR-TD Program

June 05, 2013

Fort Worth, TX - June 05, 2013 - Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company (NYSE: TXT), announced that the Bell V-280 Valor™, its third generation tiltrotor design, has been selected by the U.S. Army for the Joint Multi-Role (JMR) Technology Demonstrator (TD) program. The Army is expected to award JMR-TD contracts by September 2013, with first flight scheduled for 2017.

"The Bell V-280 Valor will provide the Army's most sought-after capability with a cruise speed of 280 knots," said Keith Flail, director of Bell Helicopter's Future Vertical Lift program. "We have also focused technology advancements on providing outstanding low-speed agility, high-hot (6K/95F) hover capability, multiple-g high-speed maneuverability, superior fuel efficiency and radically improved range capabilities while improving reliability and reducing costs."

The Bell V-280 Valor is designed to offer the U.S. Army the highest levels of maturity and technical readiness. The Valor will have the capacity to perform a multitude of missions with unparalleled speed and agility. The Bell V-280's clean sheet design reduces complexity compared to previous generation tiltrotors, with fewer parts. The Valor is designed to deliver the best value in procurement, operations and support, and force structure, providing increased maintainability, component reliability and systems designed to reduce operational and support costs.

The Bell V-280 Valor's Army-centric design boasts a number of unmatched capabilities and transformational features including:

  • Speed: 280 KTAS cruise speed
  • Combat range: 500-800nm
  • Strategically Self-Deployable - 2100nm Range
  • Achieves 6k/95
  • Triple redundant fly-by-wire flight control system
  • Conventional, retractable landing gear
  • Two 6' wide large side doors for ease of ingress/egress

After reviewing several JMR-TD proposals from various manufacturers, the U.S. Army evaluation team classified Bell Helicopter's offering as a Category I proposal. According to the U.S. Army's Contracting Division, a Category I proposal is a "well conceived, scientifically or technically sound proposal pertinent to program goals and objectives with applicability to Army mission needs, and offered by a responsible contractor with the competent scientific and technical staff supporting resources needed to ensure satisfactory program results. Proposals (or portions thereof) in Category I are recommended for acceptance and funding is available."

The JMR-TD program is the science and technology precursor to the Department of Defense's estimated $100 billion Future Vertical Lift program expected to replace between 2000-4000 medium class utility and attack helicopters. The U.S. Army and Department of Defense are seeking leap-ahead capabilities and have identified a speed of 230+ knots as a key discriminating capability. Its current fleet cruises at 130 knots.

About Bell Helicopter
Bell Helicopter, a wholly owned subsidiary of Textron Inc., is an industry-leading producer of commercial and military, manned and unmanned vertical-lift aircraft and the pioneer of the revolutionary tiltrotor aircraft. Globally recognized for world-class customer service, innovation and superior quality, Bell's global workforce serves customers flying Bell aircraft in more than 120 countries.

About Textron Inc.
Textron Inc. is a multi-industry company that leverages its global network of aircraft, defense, industrial and finance businesses to provide customers with innovative solutions and services. Textron is known around the world for its powerful brands such as Bell Helicopter, Cessna Aircraft Company, Jacobsen, Kautex, Lycoming, E-Z-GO, Greenlee, and Textron Systems. More information is available at www.textron.com.

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