Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) has a new agreement with Bell Helicopter to supply the nacelle structures for its V-280 Valor. Along with supplying the nacelle structures, IAI has become a member of Team Valor, a group of aerospace companies bringing engineering resources and industrial capabilities to meet the U.S. Army’s needs for the Joint Multi-Role Demonstrator (JMR-TD) and the Future Vertical Lift (FVL) programs.
Other members of Team Valor include Lockheed Martin, Moog, GE and Spirit Aerosystems, among others.
The V-280 Valor is the third generation tiltrotor that Bell is developing for the JMR-TD program. In August, the JMR-TD government team selected Bell to build and fly the V-280 Valor as part of the demonstration program. The V-280 Valor’s first flight is on track for 2017.