Bell Helicopter began testing the prototype of the V-280 convertiplane Valor

The American company Bell Helicopter has begun to test its new convertiplane. Theaviationist.com portal published a snapshot of the first prototype of the V-280 Valor convertiplane during ground testing at the Bell Helicopter plant in Amarillo, Texas. Material submitted "Warspot"


During the first phase of testing, developers test the performance of all V-280 Valor systems on the ground. After that, the second stage starts - taking off the ground (taking off to a small height with fixing with special cables to avoid uncontrolled demolition). These two stages must be completed within a month, after which the tiltrotor will proceed to the passage of full-fledged flight tests.

Bell Helicopter began testing the prototype of the V-280 convertiplane Valor


Unlike the first production model of the convertible Bell Bell Helicopter (V-22 Osprey), the V-280 Valor does not have a removable swivel wing (this will reduce the overall weight of the vehicle), as well as a rotary engine - when performing maneuvers, the rotor changes only clearly seen in the picture above).

Another innovation applied in the V-280 Valor is a fully composite fuselage. According to the developers, this will make the new machines easier and more durable. According to preliminary calculations, the new convertiplane will be able to reach speeds in 518 km / h, the combat radius of the flight will be 1 500 km, the fermentation range - 3 900 km. In this case, the crew of the car will consist of two people, and even 12 fighters in full gear can fit in the passenger compartment.

Convertible V-280 Valor (English - "valor") are developing the company Bell Helicopter and Lockheed Martin. According to the creators, they are already ready to begin production of new aircraft, although according to the plans of the American military, the V-280 converters should be commissioned by the US military only by the year 2030.
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  1. Black Colonel 1 September 2017 14: 42 New
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    Adversaries develop their advanced technology further. Interestingly, in Russia KB work on a similar topic?
    1. san4es 1 September 2017 15: 09 New
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      Mi-30 is a Soviet project of a multi-purpose tiltrotor, the development of which began in 1972 at the MVZ im. M. L. Mil.

      https://topwar.ru/20847-konvertoplan-mi-30-proekt
      .html

      RHV-30 unmanned convertiplane at the 10th international exhibition of the helicopter industry HeliRussia 2017
      https://svpressa.ru/war21/article/177414/
      1. Elephant 1 September 2017 16: 20 New
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        This red from the exhibition, what can he fly? Or is it like a "children's toy" ???
        1. san4es 1 September 2017 18: 21 New
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          Quote: Elephant
          This red from the exhibition, what can he fly? Or is it like a "children's toy" ???


          Unmanned convertiplane RHV-30

          The design bureau of BP-Technologies of the Russian Helicopters holding presented at the MAKS-2017 air show a prototype of the modernized RHV-30 convertible drone — he recently completed the next phase of flight tests.
          hi
    2. sabakina 1 September 2017 15: 17 New
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      Quote: Black Colonel
      Adversaries develop their advanced technology further. Interestingly, in Russia KB work on a similar topic?

      What is advanced then? Turn the engine with the screw 90 degrees?
      1. maxim947 1 September 2017 17: 26 New
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        They say that the system is complex, hence the reliability is lower than that of a helicopter. But the topic is promising, it would also not hurt us to develop it.
        1. Topotun 1 September 2017 17: 43 New
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          And the requirements for operating conditions and most importantly for maintenance are very high. Our equipment is ground for maintenance in the field. There it will not work - they will start to fight ... And yes, the system is very complicated, and the effectiveness is debatable. MI26 raises no less and its range is not much less.
          1. ProkletyiPirat 1 September 2017 18: 41 New
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            Quote: Topotun
            And the requirements for operating conditions and most importantly for maintenance are very high.

            All problems of the “Osprey” tiltrotor are in the engine layout; on the tiltrotor you need to use conventional helicopter engines in the center of the wing. The United States decided to show off and made a single block "engine and gearbox" used only on the osprey, as a result, the cost of aircraft increased. Moreover, the United States decided to show off again by turning the exhaust downward, as a result of the impossibility of landing in some regions where a fire is possible, as well as the raising of a dust cloud that is sucked into the engine, as a result of a quick failure and high accident rate of the aircraft. The only thing that is well implemented in Osprey is the rotary wing, which allows you to increase the number of aircraft based.
            So it’s enough for us (the Russian Federation) not to show off and make a tiltrotor with conventional helicopter engines, for the price we get the same as helicopters / airplanes, but the possibilities will increase at times.
            1. maxim947 1 September 2017 20: 10 New
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              And there is. And the main plus is speed, otherwise everything is the same.
              1. ProkletyiPirat 1 September 2017 20: 41 New
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                Quote: maxim947
                And the main plus is speed,

                Nope, the main advantages are speed, range, and flight time with the same amount of fuel.
            2. Topotun 2 September 2017 11: 12 New
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              Anyway, the transmission of torque from the engines to the gearboxes located at a large (wing length) distance from the engine is a rather complicated technical solution. And given that the gearboxes must also ensure the rotation of the rotor axis while maintaining torque - a doubly difficult solution. The reliability of such systems is lower. However, I am not an expert in aviation technology. Simple logic. And the requirements for strength and, most importantly, balancing the transmission shafts of the hoo. And the slightest damage to the shaft (if we are talking about military equipment, will lead to an accident in a tiltrotor. A helicopter could theoretically land more or less safely on autorotation.
              1. ProkletyiPirat 2 September 2017 14: 54 New
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                Quote: Topotun
                However, I am not an expert in aviation technology. Simple logic.

                Quote: Topotun
                And the slightest damage to the shaft (if we are talking about military equipment, will lead to an accident in a tiltrotor. A helicopter could theoretically land more or less safely on autorotation.

                If the helicopter shaft is damaged, it will spin on the vertical axis and it will fall. In this helicopter of the classic scheme with a tail rotor is no different from a tiltrotor. Yes, and to destroy this shaft is VERY difficult not only that it is protected so it is also empty inside (it's just a pipe), so even if it breaks through, the shaft will not collapse. (there the gearbox breaks more often than the shaft).
                Quote: Topotun
                And given that the gearboxes must also ensure the rotation of the rotor axis while maintaining torque - a doubly difficult solution.

                This is just a very simple solution, you just have to make it so that the rotation of the screw does not affect the shaft, this can be done by combining the "rotation transmission system" and the "rotation system" together. In fact, nothing is complicated, just two pipes one inside the other and they are both inside the wing, the outer rotates the axis of the screw, and the inner rotates it. This provides protection for the shaft, armor, wing, outer pipe, armor in the annulus.
                At the same time, note that the engines (conventional helicopters) are located in the center of the wing and are protected by the wing and fuselage, there are also incoming air filtration systems, and there is also an exhaust air cooling system. As a result, we solve all the problems of the ospreys, and at the same time we get the aircraft at a cost equal to helicopters and airplanes, because all the components and assemblies it has are exactly the same. hi
          2. voyaka uh 1 September 2017 20: 56 New
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            But the speed is much less. The whole thing is speed.
        2. Lycan 2 September 2017 13: 09 New
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          Quote: maxim947
          But the topic is promising, it would also not hurt us to develop it.

          Unknown Perhaps this is just a "dust in the eye" like the 1983 Reagan SDI.
          Then it caused a strong "headache" in power. I suppose that such expensive projects of an exotic kind are now used as before - a factor in warming up the economy of a potential adversary. From there, both Gaussian installations and laser weapons (all of working quality) and tiltrotors and strike UAVs ...
          (although UAV is a good idea)
        3. SVVP 4 September 2017 07: 30 New
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          Quote: maxim947
          They say that the system is complex, hence the reliability is lower than that of a helicopter.

          ...and if so?


          Rotor RPs are not direct-drive, moreover, there is already a result

          Quote: maxim947
          But the topic is promising, it would also not hurt us to develop it.

          Trying ...

          Quote: voyaka uh
          But the speed is much less. The whole thing is speed.

          From 500 km / h and above, about 800 km / h.
          1. ProkletyiPirat 4 September 2017 13: 38 New
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            are there any calculations or estimates of the tiltrotor of the same scheme but in the military transport version?
            given to:
            1) transportation according to the size of the ambulance (for example, a gazelle), an armored car (for example a tiger)
            2) transportation by weight up to 10-15t
            3) machine height up to 5,5-6m
            4) blade length up to 5m
            5) high wing, one rotatable folding wing (like the osprey)
            Does your conceptual model pull such scaling?
            1. SVVP 4 September 2017 13: 43 New
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              Quote: ProkletyiPirat
              are there any calculations or estimates of the tiltrotor of the same scheme but in the military transport version?

              Yes. And not only in the BTA - but also as a shock.
              Quote: ProkletyiPirat
              5) high plan, ohrotary folding wing(like the osprey)

              .it it doesn’t work out - the consoles are independent, although folding into a compact version is possible. )))
              Quote: ProkletyiPirat
              Does your conceptual model pull such scaling?
              ... and this is not a question))
            2. SVVP 4 September 2017 14: 40 New
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              Quote: ProkletyiPirat
              4) blade length up to 5m

              This "near-like-tried" American,



              the rotor diameter is 9 meters (the length of the blade is 4, 5 meters), it did not work out for 7 points, which they wrote down as “recommended for solving problems”. We have -
              it turned out to implement them, all seven, however, on the trial, five-meter, so that can be solved))
    3. Scoun 1 September 2017 20: 12 New
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      Quote: Black Colonel
      Adversaries develop their advanced technology further.

      And only our dummies vainly pour slop on the "Osprey" and on all the arguments that in Russia with our roads and distances we need a similar machine that flies faster than a helicopter but can land where only helicopters can ..... They start talking Tht machine is complex and insert pictures 70 years ago, such as "argument"
      Russian convertiplane: the history of a lost race - Free Press - News ...
      svpressa.ru/war21/article/177414/

      Quote: Black Colonel
      Interestingly, in Russia KB work on a similar topic?

      Until recently, no, only added emphasis to the pushing rear screw ...
      At the beginning of this year or at the end of the last ...... it seems they took over the creation of a convertiplane.
      We recovered.

      In Russia, they create military convertiplanes
      planet-today.ru/...item...convertoplany
      In Russia, they create military convertiplanes. Sunday, July 23, 2017 09:34 a.m. Photos from open sources. Convertibles and heavy drones are created in the Russian Federation in the interests of the military. This was announced on Saturday July 22 by the commander of the Aerospace Forces of Russia, Colonel General Viktor Bondarev. "Work in Russia is going on in all directions - both small and medium, and a large UAV, and convertiplanes," -
  2. HEATHER 1 September 2017 14: 48 New
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    Something the front of the hull reminds me of something ... Sinews stole! angry
    1. Maksus 1 September 2017 16: 00 New
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      What did they steal? BlackHawk fuselage?
      1. HEATHER 3 September 2017 18: 20 New
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        The KA-52 cockpit remembers. Everyone, for some reason, is looking at the flag, and not at the car.
    2. MadCat 2 September 2017 06: 03 New
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      Quote: VERESK
      the front part of the case reminds me of something ... Sinews stole!

      it would be something to rub. In this matter, Russia is up to a production model like Roscosmos to Mars. lol
  3. Izotovp 1 September 2017 15: 04 New
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    Open to all winds (moisture, pebbles, bullets ..) the mechanism is in take-off / landing / hover mode ...
    1. Black Colonel 1 September 2017 15: 16 New
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      Well this is not the final product. Surely they’ll come up with something to protect them from dust, sand, and stones.
      1. WUA 518 1 September 2017 15: 30 New
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        Quote: Black Colonel
        Surely they’ll come up with something to protect them from dust, sand, and stones.

  4. andrewkor 1 September 2017 15: 15 New
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    For all my dislike of the United States as a country, but their engineers and the proletariat are at their best. A lot of innovations have been put into practice, I won’t list them!
    1. eklmn 1 September 2017 16: 33 New
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      “For all my dislike of the USA ...”
      I also hate it when the money in my wallet runs out!
      1. andrewkor 1 September 2017 18: 33 New
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        By the way, I recalled “Mimino”: “Such a personal dislike, I can’t even sleep!” - Frunzik Mkrtchan!
  5. guerrilla 1 September 2017 15: 32 New
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    Well done, you’re not there ...
  6. IvanTheTerrible 1 September 2017 15: 59 New
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    Very beautiful car.
  7. Altona 1 September 2017 16: 29 New
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    Quote: andrewkor
    For all my dislike of the United States as a country, but their engineers and the proletariat are at their best. A lot of innovations have been put into practice, I won’t list them!

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    Set a task for our engineers, give at least a third of the baboons that are spent in the USA, they will do it and something else. And if you rack your brains how to make warm out of green so that the managers have a beautiful life, then it will be so. Financing and the element base plus the statement of the problem - and they will do no worse for us. laughing hi
    1. eklmn 1 September 2017 16: 55 New
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      “Set a task for our engineers, give at least a third of the baboons that are spent in the USA, they will do it and something else.”
      Private company Bell Helicopter wants to participate in a tender for the construction of this type of helicopter for the US Army. It is still unknown who will win the tender, but so far the company is spending its headstock.
      Question to you - if your army has put forward a request for the development of something that it needs, then why are you sure that in Russia there is no private company that would risk investing its money in development?
      By the way, according to Amer’s laws, if a company has lost a tender, then it has the right to request ALL the documentation of the winning company and analyze it. And if he finds tricks, then he will sue.
      1. APASUS 1 September 2017 17: 59 New
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        Quote: eklmn
        Question to you - if your army has put forward a request for the development of something that it needs, then why are you sure that in Russia there is no private company that would risk investing its money in development?

        There are companies and are really investing, Lobaev, Orsis, these investments are an order of magnitude smaller, but I do not believe in such investments in Russia.
        For example, the USA immediately indicates in the tender the amount of planned equipment for the purchase. In principle, this cannot be with us.
        Corridors of the General Staff of Russia, not every businessman can pass.
        At the same time, there is a system of state lobbying with the United States, that is, if the manufacturer is successful in the construction, this equipment is guaranteed to enter the army of NATO countries.
      2. abc_alex 1 September 2017 18: 50 New
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        . The question for you is if your army has put forward a request for the development of something that it needs, then why are you sure that in Russia there is no private company that would risk putting its headstock into development?


        Because the financial possibilities of our one-hour campaigns are several times less than that of Bell, Boeing, Northrop or Ratheon. Watchmen are now able to use a new rifle, communication system, and UAVs of small and medium class. To develop a tiltrotor from scratch is simply nothing for them. If Mil or Kamov were private all the way, they would now have enough of their money for development.
    2. jonhr 2 September 2017 07: 27 New
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      what baboons? in rubles my friend in rubles laughing
  8. kugelblitz 1 September 2017 20: 03 New
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    An expensive useless toy, more complicated than a helicopter, slower than an airplane. And how were you going to storm with such a cardboard fuselage? Or a half paratrooper exclusively deliver?
    1. voyaka uh 1 September 2017 20: 59 New
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      This is a machine for paratroopers, not an attack helicopter.
    2. Setrac 1 September 2017 21: 44 New
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      Quote: kugelblitz
      An expensive useless toy, more complicated than a helicopter, slower than an airplane.

      The machine is highly specialized, aircraft and helicopters will not replace, but it will be used.
      1. ProkletyiPirat 1 September 2017 22: 56 New
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        Quote: Setrac
        planes and helicopters will not replace

        replaces, but not all, really replaces only small transport aircraft.
        1. SVVP 5 September 2017 07: 26 New
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          Quote: ProkletyiPirat
          replaces, but not all, really replaces only small transport aircraft.

          I will repeat many times, and shock - also! Even that I sculpt, the “empty” / “PN” ratio is “200” / “600”, the question is, if it’s a UAV, what will we “load” under PN ??? winked
          1. SVVP 5 September 2017 07: 38 New
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            Two



            "especially easy" observer ??? wassat