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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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>>21523
https://www.dodbuzz.com/2016/01/15/differentiating-the-new-tiltrotor-from-the-old/

Nothing really new, but it'll be interesting to see where it goes.
>> No. 21597 ID: 9dcda2
  >>21523
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
>>21597
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.
http://www.nationaldefensemagazine.org/blog/Lists/Posts/Post.aspx?ID=2481


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