FORT WORTH, Texas, 10 Oct. 2013. Officials at Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company (NYSE:TXT), needed an integrated flight control solution for the company’s Bell V-280 Valor third-generation tiltrotor. They found their solution at Moog Inc., headquartered in East Aurora, N.Y.
Bell selected Moog to design, manufacture, and qualify a flight control system for the Bell V-280 that integrates flight control computers, support software, and flight control actuation.
“Moog’s experience and innovation helps us deliver the highest levels of maturity and technical readiness required for the U.S. Army’s future vertical lift missions,” explains John Garrison, president and CEO of Bell Helicopter.
“We made the strategic decision to align our interests and resources with Bell Helicopter on this key program and believe the Bell V-280 will be the most advanced, operationally-effective vertical lift solution, providing our warfighters an unparalleled combination of range, speed, and combat capability,” says Warren Johnson, president of Moog’s Aircraft Group.
Additional members of Team Valor, a group of aerospace companies targeted at meeting the Army’s needs, will be introduced in the coming weeks, according to a Bell spokesperson.
Bell Helicopter's third-generation tiltrotor is an operationally effective aircraft designed with increased maintainability and component/systems reliability to meet the U.S. Army’s Future Vertical Lift requirements. Doubling the speed and range of conventional helicopters, the Bell V-280 Valor will offer commanders a combat maneuver platform with unmatched operational agility to self-deploy and perform a multitude of vertical lift missions currently unachievable in today’s aircraft, officials say.