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V-280 Passes Key Agility Test: Bell

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Critics have argued the tiltrotor aircraft could never be as nimble at low speed and low altitude as a helicopter. Bell says it’s proven them wrong.

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FARA: Why AVX Has A Shot At Army Scout

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Dark horse design house AVX has never built a complete aircraft. The Future Attack Reconnaissance Aircraft competition just might change that.

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Marines: FVL Intriguing, BUT CH-53K Is Essential

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The Marines are hellbent on fielding the troubled CH-53K helicopter to supply the far-flung island outposts they plan on using against China.

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FARA: Army Awards 5 Design Contracts; Winner Enters Production in 2028

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Awards for Future Attack Reconnaissance Aircraft designs went to Bell, Boeing, Karem, Sikorsky, and a partnership of AVX and L-3.

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300, 200, 100: V-280 Valor’s Latest Milestones

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Bell’s prototype tiltrotor keeps pulling ahead of rivals — but the race to replace the UH-60 Black Hawk is far from over.

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FVL: Army, Marines, SOCOM Release Ambitious Specs For Future Aircraft

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The Army wants a lot out of its Black Hawk replacement, at $43 million apiece — but the Marines and special operators want even more.

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SB>1 Defiant Takes Flight: Can It Catch Bell?

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The thing that delayed Defiant, it turns out, is the same thing that makes it really attractive to the Army.

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SB>1 Revs Up In Ground Test: Expert Expects First Flight ‘In Weeks’

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“Now that they’ve completed the initial ground run, the team can finish its work to clear the aircraft for first flight,” said Mike Hirschberg, executive director of the Vertical Flight Society. “Assuming the Defiant team doesn’t find anything noteworthy from its ground testing, it should be up in the air in the next few weeks.”

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Bell V-280 Flies 322 MPH: Army Secretary Praises Program

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“Our new approach is really to prototype as much as we can to help us identify requirements, so our reach doesn’t exceed our grasp,” Secretary Esper said. “A good example is Future Vertical Lift: The prototyping has been exceptional.”

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Defiant Gets Real: Sikorsky & Boeing Unveil SB>1 Super Chopper

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After years of secrecy and CGI, we’re finally getting to see the Sikorsky-Boeing dream team’s SB>1 Defiant ultra-high-speed helicopter in real life. Now they just have to prove it works.

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