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

WASHINGTON: Sikorsky and Boeing released video yesterday of their SB>1 Defiant helicopter in its first ground test, revving the revolutionary ultra-rigid rotor blades whose manufacturing troubles had cost the program months. But when will Defiant first take flight? While the companies declined to provide details, a leading rotary-wing expert predicted …

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

WASHINGTON: Bell’s V-280 Valor prototype exceeded 280 knots this week, making good on the aircraft’s namesake speed, the company announced this afternoon. And it’ll fly faster before it’s done, a Bell executive told me in an interview. The news is the latest public triumph for Bell’s tiltrotor technology at a …

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

Sikorsky-Boeing SB>1 Defiant compound helicopter 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. Unfortunately, Defiant is still on the ground, not flying: It was supposed to take its first flight this month, but that’s been pushed …

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Bell V-280 Valor: Anniversary Tour? « Breaking Defense

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. By contrast, Bell’s competitor on the …

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Army May Create New Aerial Scout Force — HELLO Russia « Breaking Defense

Bell concept art of their V-280 Valor with ground forces ASSOCIATION OF THE US ARMY HQ: The Army wants long-range, fast-moving reconnaissance forces to scout across Eastern Europe in a future clash with Russia. Reporting directly to three-star corps commanders, these special squadrons would probably be the first units to …

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Army Can Revolutionize Aviation Without Busting Budget, Leaders Say « Breaking Defense

Bell’s V-280 Valor prototype under construction ARMY S&T CONFERENCE: “We’re not bringing a big bill to Congress,” Army aviation program manager Dan Bailey told me here. “Aviation’s paying its own way.” After an unbroken string of failed helicopter programs over the last 14 years (RAH, ARH, and AAS), Army leaders …

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Killer Angel On Your Shoulder: Army’s Future Armed Reconnaissance Aircraft « Breaking Defense

Sikorsky S-97 Raider on its first flight. A “compound helicopter” with both rotor blades and a pusher propeller, the S-97 is widely seen as the leading candidate for the Army’s Future Armed Reconnaissance Aircraft (FARA). REDSTONE ARSENAL: The Army wants its Future Armed Reconnaissance Aircraft to stick close to the …

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Bell Pushes V-280 Gunship, Shipboard Variants: Recon In Works « Breaking Defense

Bell’s proposed V-280 Valor attack variants ARLINGTON: How new is Bell Helicopter’s shiny showroom — excuse me, Advanced Vertical Lift Center — minutes from the Pentagon and the Capitol? Between the time I arrived this morning and the time I headed out, they installed two huge mockups of their high-speed …

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