Bell’s V-280 to Use F-35-Like Sensors

The V-280 Valor tiltrotor, Bell Helicopter’s entry in the Army’s Joint Multi-Role helicopter development program, will make use of 360 degree image sensors similar to those on the F-35, Scout Warrior reported. The technology will give both pilots, as well as passenger troops, greatly enhanced vision of the battlespace and of incoming fire. The Army wants the new helicopter to be able to maintain the speed of fixed-wing aircraft and also be capable of hovering and maneuvering like a helicopter, according to Scout Warrior. The sensors on the V-280 Valor are one of a number of systems designed to flex in relation to emerging technologies so that the aircraft can be continually upgraded as new technologies are developed. Both Bell and a Boeing-Sikorsky industry team are building demonstrators that are expected to take flight next year. The goal is for the future tiltrotor to be operational in the 2030s.