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The V-280 is now worthy of the name:

https://ukdefencejournal.org.uk/v-280-valor-reaches-namesake-cruising-speed-of-280-knots/

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V-280 Valor reaches namesake cruising speed of 280 knots

The Bell V-280 Valor successfully achieved its namesake optimal cruise speed of 280 knots, say Bell.

Keith Flail, vice president of Advanced Vertical Lift Systems at Bell, said:

“It is a remarkable achievement to hit this airspeed for the V-280 Valor in just over a year of flight testing. Beyond the exemplary speed and agility of this aircraft, this significant milestone is yet another proof point that the V-280 is mature technology, and the future is now for FVL capability set 3.”

 

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https://breakingdefense.com/2019/04/fara-army-awards-5-design-contracts-winner-enters-production-in-2028/

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Just 13 months after Army leaders put a new scout aircraft on the fast track — and two months ahead of its original target date to award contracts — the service has chosen five firms to design potential Future Attack Reconnaissance Aircraft. The winning companies are a who’s who of usual suspects with some interesting twists:

-AVX Aircraft (Fort Worth), an innovative design firm that’s now teamed with L-3 (Waco), which provides actual manufacturing capability AVX has lacked;

-Bell (also Fort Worth), whose gamble on offering an upgraded conventional helicopter seems to be paying off (see more on that below);

-Boeing (Mesa, Arizona), the aerospace titan that builds the Army’s AH-64 Apache and CH-47 Chinook;

-Karem Aircraft (Lake Forest, California), known for innovative designs and small-scale projects but not mass production;

-Sikorsky (Stratford, Connecticut), a Lockheed subsidiary that builds the current UH-60 Black Hawk and is now developing radically innovative compound helicopter designs.

 

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https://breakingdefense.com/2020/01/fvl-army-wont-wait-for-sikorsky-to-catch-up-to-bell/

 

The Army is under no obligation to let the Sikorsky-Boeing team catch up to rival Bell before it holds its Future Long-Range Assault Aircraft competition, the Army Secretary and the Program Executive Officer for Aviation both made clear this week.

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