Bell Unveils Unmanned Tilt Rotor Aircraft

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  1. Pathfinder

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    Bell Unveils Pilotless Tiltrotor Aircraft Model

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    WASHINGTON -- Bell Helicopter is taking its legacy developing tiltrotor technology into the unmanned world with a new aircraft it is calling the V-247 "Vigilant."

    The company unveiled a model of the aircraft Thursday at the National Press Club in Washington, complete with a motorized demonstration of how the unmanned aircraft system can fold its wings and rotors for optimal storage.

    Now is as good a time as any to invest in the effort, the company figures, as the military services look for unmanned aircraft that are runway-independent, less expensive to operate, offer more persistence and require less space to store and transport

    Bell Helicopter is particularly targeting the Marine Corps as a possible customer because it appears closest to establishing a requirement, Vince Tobin, the company’s vice president of advanced tiltrotor systems, said Thursday.

    The company believes Vigilant meets “the comprehensive spectrum of capabilities outlined in the 2016 Marine Corps Aviation Plan,” a company statement said.

    The V-247 can cruise long-range at 240 knots but can exceed a cruise speed of 300 knots. The aircraft can support an internal mission payload of 2,000 lbs and can sling-load 9,000 lbs. The aircraft is capable of flying 11 hours with 600 lbs of mission payload, but has a 1,400 nautical mile mission radius, which equates to 17 hours of flight time.

    Some of the missions envisioned for the aircraft are as escorts for the Marine Corps’ V-22 Osprey or the future V-280 Valor the Army is assessing for a possible Future Vertical Lift (FVL) aircraft. Other missions could be delivering persistent fires, electronic warfare or early warning as well as intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance, according to Tobin.

    http://www.defensenews.com/articles/bell-takes-tiltrotor-technology-into-unmanned-realm

     
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    Neat concept. Cargo transport has to be one of the most monotonous jobs in the military.

    I really hope a working design is presented because I want to see it fly.

    Side note: do we know if the V-280 has any competition (like Sikorski's Raider)?
     
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    im sure this is old news
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    i prefer the 609 instead..... just saying.
     
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