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Lord Delivers Rotor Bearings for V-280 Demonstrator

By Amy Kluber | June 21, 2016

Lord Corp. completed and delivered its first V-280 Valor elastomeric rotor bearings to Bell Helicopter in the Joint Multi-Role Technology Demonstrator program.

The manufacturing company built the units in 28 months at its Erie, Pennsylvania, facility. Those bearings can accommodate high loads and blade motions without lubrication. 

The V-280 is Bell's offering for U.S Army-led program, the precursor to the Defense Dept.'s Future Vertical Lift program. The latter aims to replace 2,000 to 4,000 medium utility and attack helicopters.

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Bell said the aircraft should be able to fly its first tethered flight in September 2017.

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