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through the Future Affordable Turbine Engine (FATE) program. We look for­ ward to providing the US Army with exciting, advanced technologies for Future Vertical Lift leading to a robust, durable engine that delivers tremen­ dous performance and superior fuel consumption while meeting aggressive cost targets." Team Valor is comprised of leading aerospace companies, bringing the best engineering resources, capabili­ ties, and critical thinking in the industry to meet the Army’s needs. Additional team members will be announced in the coming weeks.

GE to Power Bell V-280 Valor™ Third Generation Tiltrotor

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. com­ pany recently announced GE Aviation, an operating unit of GE, will team with Bell on its V­280 Valor™, a third genera­ tion tiltrotor. "We are very excited to welcome GE

to Team Valor. GE is a world­leading engine provider, and we are pleased they have made the strategic decision to align interests and resources with us on

the Bell V­280," said John Garrison, pres­ ident and CEO of Bell Helicopter. “Our combined rotorcraft expertise will ensure the highest levels of maturity and technical readiness for the U.S. Army." "GE is proud to team with Bell on the V­280 Valor with a proven propulsion system to support this technology demonstration," said Jean Lydon­ Rodgers, vice president and general manager, GE Aviation Military Systems Operation. "GE continues to invest in next generation propulsion technology

to test the R66 as it had just received certification in Russia on March 15th. Michael Farikh, the expedition’s leader,

Two Robinson R66s Fly Around the World

On September 15th, a pair of Robinson R66 Turbine helicopters land­ ed at the Bunkovo Heliport, just outside of Moscow, marking the end of a six­ week, Around­the­World Expedition. The historical flight was a first for the R66 and for Russia.

The expedition was organized by

Aviamarket, a Robinson dealer in Moscow and a flying club whose mem­ bers own R66s. Aviamarket was eager

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The transformational features of Bell Helicopter's third generation tiltrotor represent the most operationally effec­ tive aircraft for the U.S. Army’s Future Vertical Lift requirements.


increased maintainability and compo­ nent and systems reliability, the Bell V­ 280 is designed to deliver the best value in procurement, operations and support, and force structure. With more than twice the speed and range, the Bell V­280 Valor will offer com­ manders a combat maneuver platform with unmatched operational agility to self­deploy and perform a multitude of vertical lift missions unachievable with current aircraft. ◆

and Alexander Kurylev flew S/N 0323, a blue R66, while Vadim Melnikov and Dmitry Rakitsky, Aviamarket’s chief

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