Bell Helicopter and Team Valor marked the anniversary of the V-280 Valor’s first flight by continuing to prove the aircraft’s performance and technical maturity. As part of the U.S. Army led Joint Multi-Role Technology Demonstrator (JMR-TD) program, the V-280 demonstrates that close collaboration between government and industry can deliver transformational speed, range and agility in vertical lift, in a fast and sustainable process.

I am proud of the teams remarkable accomplishments during the first year of flight,” said President and CEO Mitch Snyder. “By working with the government, we continue to prove the V-280 is the agile aircraft that our military needs now.

In nearly 85 hours of flight and more than 180 rotor turn hours, some V-280 flight testing milestones are:

-Forward flight at 250 knots true airspeed

-In-flight transitions between cruise mode and vertical takeoff and landing

-50-degree banked turns at 200 knots indicated airspeed

-4500 feet per minute rate of climb and sustained flight at 11,500 feet altitude

-Single flight ferry flight of over 370 miles

-Demonstrated low and high-speed agility with fly-by-wire controls

The V-280 continues to expand the envelope in flight testing and expects

to complete all the key performance parameters in the coming months, including additional low-speed agility tests and full cruise speed in forward flight.

This anniversary is an important milestone as we provide options for the U.S. Army to meet its vision for a modernized force in the near future and regain overmatch in vertical lift,” said Vince Tobin, executive vice president for military business at Bell. “We are prepared to field a suitable, affordable and sustainable aircraft to meet that accelerated timeframe.”