Bell’s V-280 Tiltrotor Will Get Lockheed’s New Long-Range Sensors


Program officials at Bell, a contender in the Army’s Future Vertical Lift program, will soon install a sophisticated sensor package on the V-280 Valor designed to ensure pilots know about enemy activity long before it’s close enough to threaten the aircraft.

The Pilotage Distributed Aperture Sensor system, made by Lockheed Martin, is built to “provide 360-degree awareness around your aircraft via sensors,” retired Army Maj. Gen. Jeff Schloesser, executive vice president for strategic pursuits at Bell, formerly known as Bell Helicopter, told

The company recently demonstrated the V-280 multi-role technology demonstrator platform’s performance capabilities. The June 18 public eventcame six months after the V-280’s first test flight.

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