Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. subsidiary based in Fort Worth, Texas, will partner with Rolls-Royce plc to develop an optimized propulsion system for the Bell V-280 Valor and unmanned V-247 Vigilant vertical lift tiltrotor aircraft – the company’s candidate platforms for the U.S. Army’s Future Vertical Lift (FVL) program.
The partnership will focus on integrating Rolls-Royce’s low-risk, advanced propulsion system technology into future Bell aircraft. As part of the teaming agreement, Bell will lead the design, development, and production of advanced vertical lift systems and Rolls-Royce will provide its technical expertise in propulsion systems to provide potential customers with tested, high-performance solutions.
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