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21523 No. 21523 ID: bb86e7
Here is a good article summarizing the status of the Bell V-280 Valor Tiltrotor, one of (ann my personal favorite) the candidates for the Army’s Joint Future Vertical Lift program. http://nationalinterest.org/blog/the-buzz/the-us-militarys-next-super-stealth-weapon-not-what-you-19090?page=2

No mid wing gearbox: http://www.military.com/daily-news/2016/01/15/bell-touts-future-army-helicopter-design-v280-is-not-a-v22.html

As a 3rd generation tiltrotor, It is also supposed to have better Hot / High / Heavy characteristics than the V-22

One of the discussed versions is to be a slightly modified airframe for an attack version. Once the proof of concept is done and they have won the contract, I think they should instead use the front half of modified AH-1Z airframe, modified to carry a similar useful load to the Apache. The Cobra has a useful load of 5,764, Apache has around 9000 Pounds useful load, and the V-280 is currently touted to have a useful load of 1200.
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Nothing really new, but it'll be interesting to see where it goes.
>> No. 21597 ID: 9dcda2
More developmental rotorcraft.

AUSA 2015: Sikorsky S-97 Raider helicopter - first flight
>> No. 21598 ID: 9dcda2
  Boeing Sikorsky - SB-1 Defiant Joint Multi-Role High Speed Helicopter Simulation [720p]
>> No. 21623 ID: a1c7fe
This looks like a superior solution in every way compared to Valor, but it doesn't have a good enough name so I guess we'll take the Marine Widowmaker 2.0
>> No. 21640 ID: 8566ef
Bell says the first flight of the V-280 is planned for September.
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Official Prototype Rollout http://www.bellhelicopter.com/news/press-release/2017/9/v-280-achieves-completion

Includes pictures of test stand. They even have it hanging from it's engine nacelles.

Judging from these pictures, it is being rolled out from the southernmost hangar.

And the test stand is at https://www.google.com/maps/place/35%C2%B012'30.1%22N+101%C2%B043'13.7%22W/@35.2083611,-101.7214542,299m/data=!3m2!1e3!4b1!4m9!1m2!2m1!1sbell+amarillo+assembly+center!3m5!1s0x0:0x0!7e2!8m2!3d35.208356
>> No. 21817 ID: df12a0
>they should instead use the front half of modified AH-1Z airframe, modified to carry a similar useful load to the Apache

The Japanese manga series "Venus Wars" written and illustrated by Yoshikazu Yasuhiko, features a tilt-rotor attack VTOL of that very design concept.

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