Valor hits 200 flight hours:
Over the course of the technology demonstration period, Flail added, the aircraft was also able to show its reliability and availability.
“This configuration of tiltrotor really shows how robust it is in terms of reliability and availability because one of the tricks with proving that is you have to accumulate enough data to show that you do have a reliable system,” he said. “A lot of your critical items, your gearboxes and your blades … those are typical cost drivers downstream and today, we still have the six blades and gearboxes on this aircraft.”
Bell's V-280 Valor celebrates three years of flying ahead of the U.S. Army's Future Long-Range Assault Aircraft competition.