By S.L. Fuller | October 10, 2017
The V-280 Valor is Bell's participation in the U.S. Army-led Future Vertical Lift (FVL) Joint Multi-Role Technology Demonstrator (JMR-TD) program to fulfill the Capability Set 3 requirement for a medium-lift aircraft. A Sikorsky-Boeing team is also participating, but its SB>1 Defiant is currently behind the V-280 program's pace.
Bell considers its new tiltrotor a competitive prototype, although the military has said it merely views the V-280 and SB>1 as technology demonstrators, as the program name suggests.