By S.L. Fuller | December 18, 2017
“This is an exciting time for Bell Helicopter, and I could not be more proud of the progress we have made with first flight of the Bell V-280,” said Mitch Snyder, president and CEO for Bell. “First flight demonstrates our commitment to supporting Department of Defense leadership’s modernization priorities and acquisition reform initiatives. The Valor is designed to revolutionize vertical lift for the U.S. Army and represents a transformational aircraft for all the challenging missions our armed forces are asked to undertake.”
The V-280 is Bell's offering for the Army-led Future Vertical Lift program. Also participating in the program is a Sikorsky-Boeing team and the SB>1 Defiant.