, a Textron Inc. company (NYSE: TXT), and (NYSE: LMT) will work as a team on the Bell Valor, making the first of ’s program tier one team members. Additional team members will be announced in the coming months. The Bell V-280 Valor was recently selected by the U.S. Army to enter into negotiations for the Joint Multi-Role ( ) Technology Demonstrator (TD) program, with contracts expected to be awarded by September 2013. The transformational features of ’s third generation tiltrotor capitalize on combat-proven technology.
The Valor is designed to deliver the best value in procurement, operations and support, and force structure, through increased maintainability, component reliability and systems designed to reduce operational and support costs. The Valor’s versatile design has the capacity to perform a multitude of missions with unparalleled speed, range and agility, making the aircraft a combat multiplier. The Bell V-280 is the most advanced and operationally effective vertical lift solution, providing the warfighter a decisive advantage.