Bell Helicopter sees new aircraft matching Asia pivot

The tilt-rotor aircraft that Textron Inc’s (TXT) Bell Helicopter is designing for a U.S. Army competition would help troops travel longer distances as the military shifts focus to the Asia-Pacific region, a company official said. Bell is trying to capitalize on its experience building the V-22 Osprey tilt-rotor plane together with Boeing Co (BA) as it designs a lighter, cheaper and less complex aircraft, the V-280 Valor, that could eventually translate into billions of dollars of orders for the winner of the Army competition. “We’re leveraging all those lessons learned and bringing them forward to revolutionize how the Army conducts operations in the future,” Keith Flail, a former Army officer and program director for Bell’s “Future Vertical Lift” efforts, told Reuters in an interview. Tilt-rotor aircraft take off and land like a helicopter but fly like a plane.


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