29 Sep '17, 5pm

Kill Army Helo Upgrades & Build Super Chopper: Bell V-280 Exec

Kill Army Helo Upgrades & Build Super Chopper: Bell V-280 Exec

Until both prototypes are in the air and under evaluation by the military, no one can known whether Bell’s tilt-rotor technology or Sikorsky’s SB>1 Defiant compound helicopter is better. But Gehler does have one incontestable point in Bell’s favor: a track record. The V-22 Osprey tilt-rotor has been in service with the Marines and Air Force for 10 years now, with over 385,000 flight hours to prove the technology works in real-world military missions. The V-280, Bell says, will build on that experience and add numerous improvements, many of them simplifications of the V-22 design – a straight wing instead of a swept one, a tilt-rotor that only tilts part of the engine instead of the whole nacelle – that will increase reliability and reduce cost.

Full article: https://breakingdefense.com/2017/09/kill-army-helo-upgrad...

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