The Bell V-280 Valor is a tiltrotor aircraft being developed by Bell Helicopter and Lockheed Martin for the United States Army’s Future Vertical Lift (FVL) program.
The aircraft was officially unveiled at the 2013 Army Aviation Association of America’s (AAAA) Annual Professional Forum and Exposition in Fort Worth, Texas. The V-280 made its first flight on 18 December 2017 in Amarillo, Texas.
Powered by two 5,000-hhp General Electric T64-GE-419 engines, the V-280 is designed to carry two pilots, two crew chiefs, and 11 to 14 passengers at a combat range of 500+ nautical miles.
Once fully operational, it will be one of the fastest military helicopters in the world, with a cruising speed of 280 knots (322 mph). The tiltrotor provides twice the speed and range of conventional helicopters.The Bell V-280 Valor design supports ground maneuver and is purpose built for the squad plus enablers.