Bell V-280 Valor

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Unread post18 Dec 2018, 21:33

V-280 Valor Anniversary Tour?

With its first year of flight tests finished, Bell just might take its V-280 Valor aircraft on tour. That’s how confident the company is in its new tiltrotor, the proposed high-speed replacement for thousands of Army UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters and Marine Corps UH-1Z Super Hueys...

https://breakingdefense.com/2018/12/bel ... sary-tour/


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Unread post20 Dec 2018, 11:16

Looks like half Osprey and half Blackhawk? Nonetheless, should be another war winner for the US! :devil:
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Unread post20 Dec 2018, 14:29

Corsair1963 wrote:Looks like half Osprey and half Blackhawk? Nonetheless, should be another war winner for the US! :devil:


It's not a slam dunk yet. There is still the matter of it's competitor (if it ever flies).

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Unread post20 Dec 2018, 18:53

I see a buy of both aircraft. SB-1 for attack and light variants of FVL, V-280 for medium/utility. Navy will probably also hop on converting an SB-1 variant for eventual MH-60 replacement. Both aircraft have their strengths and there has to be some competition for military helos. SB-1 definitely has some growing pains right now, but do we honestly think Sikorsky (aka Lockheed) can’t pull it off? I know where my money is...
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Unread post20 Dec 2018, 19:13

delta9991 wrote:I see a buy of both aircraft. SB-1 for attack and light variants of FVL, V-280 for medium/utility. Navy will probably also hop on converting an SB-1 variant for eventual MH-60 replacement. Both aircraft have their strengths and there has to be some competition for military helos. SB-1 definitely has some growing pains right now, but do we honestly think Sikorsky (aka Lockheed) can’t pull it off? I know where my money is...


Oh, I know it'll fly. Just annoyed they are SO far behind Bell at the moment.
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Unread post20 Dec 2018, 22:14

Anybody know of a picture with the V-22 and V-280 in formation? I can't find one but it seems like that would be high on Bell's marketing team list.
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Unread post21 Dec 2018, 03:48

Only photo I've seen with both in it is this one, which isn't terribly flattering (in terms of angles, lighting, distance, etc):

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Unread post21 Dec 2018, 05:33

sferrin wrote:It's not a slam dunk yet. There is still the matter of it's competitor (if it ever flies).


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Unread post21 Dec 2018, 13:27

That's not the SB-1 Defiant. That's the Raider. Completely different aircraft.
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Unread post25 Dec 2018, 00:30

sferrin wrote:That's not the SB-1 Defiant. That's the Raider. Completely different aircraft.


...and the S-97 has been consistently late (even disregarding the crash which was not a fault of X2 technology itself) on meeting goals. I also suspect that in one year the V-280 has more flight hours than the S-97 has had in 3 1/2 years.
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Unread post25 Dec 2018, 02:05

aaam wrote:
sferrin wrote:That's not the SB-1 Defiant. That's the Raider. Completely different aircraft.


...and the S-97 has been consistently late (even disregarding the crash which was not a fault of X2 technology itself) on meeting goals. I also suspect that in one year the V-280 has more flight hours than the S-97 has had in 3 1/2 years.


The X2 is still a relatively new platform. V-280 has had the benefit of the V-22 experience. As long as Sikorsky solves the problems in time for the competition, the delays shouldn't be a problem.
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