Bell Helicopter has joined the V-280 Joint Multi-Role Technology Demonstrator wing and nacelles to the aircraft fuselage at its aircraft assembly center in Amarillo, Texas, the company said in a press release Wednesday.
Bell's EVP of Military Business Development, Lisa Atheron, said the aircraft is on schedule for its first tethered flight in September 2017.
The V-280 Valor is a next-generation tiltrotor designed to provide agility, speed, range and payload capabilities at an affordable cost. The V-280's tiltrotor technology converts vertical takeoff and landing capability into a tactical, operational and strategic advantage.Â It has an anticipated cruise speed of 280 kt, with a 500- to 800-nm combat range and 11 to 14 operators.
The T64-GE-419 engines and gearboxes are expected to be installed in the nacelles in November.
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