The US Army’s futuristic new helicopter is just the beginning of a future helo fleet

Bell’s V-280 Valor successfully completed its first test flight in December and could win the US Army’s competition to replace its fleet of UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters.

The V-280 can fly at 280 knots with a self-deployable range of 2,100 nautical miles, and a combat range of 500-800 nautical miles. It has a crew of four and can carry 12 troops, meeting all of the requirements the Army has laid out.

The Army has made it clear though that no single helicopter design would replace its entire helicopter fleet, according to Stars and Stripes.

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