Future Vertical Lift

Time for Army Modernization: Future Vertical Lift (FVL)

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Time for Modernization

To provide for the defense of the United States and retain its position as the globally dominant land power, U.S. Army Aviation must modernize now. A key component of that modernization effort is Future Vertical Lift. Bell is working side by side with the U.S. Army to fulfill this modernization initiative and is ready to help Army Aviation transform into a next-generation, capable force in joint all-domain operations.


Bell is ready to help modernize U.S. Army Aviation with the right technology, right team and right company, right now.


Right Tech & Proven Capabilities

Bell designed two modern, clean-sheet aircraft and evolved them into agile, low-risk solutions for the Future Long-Range Assault Aircraft (FLRAA) and Future Attack Reconnaissance Aircraft (FARA) programs. Both weapons systems give the U.S. Army the proven, unmatched speed, agility and reach it requires to support the Joint Force in joint all-domain operations.

Solutions for the U.S. Industrial Base

Bell's Future Vertical Lift aircraft will not only help the U.S. Army modernize, it will also grow and strengthen the U.S. industrial base. We have strategically selected industry leaders as our teammates and supply chain partners to meet the U.S. Army's Future Vertical Lift requirements.


In addition to the established teams on both Team Valor and Team Invictus, the acquisition and sustainment of Bell aircraft will utilize a modernized supply chain pipeline across numerous manufacturing industries. Our innovative approach to support both the U.S. Army and national supply chain is paving the way for U.S. economic growth.


Ready now. Right now.

Bell is Ready Now to help modernize U.S. Army Aviation with proven technology in its Future Vertical Lift solutions. Our agile team is prepared for rapid production using innovative manufacturing concepts and committed to building reliable, sustainable and survivable aircraft for our nation’s forces while providing critical new capability through modernization. Bell is Ready Now to deliver the right solution for our Soldiers.

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Bell leveraged more than 600,000 hours of tiltrotor experience to produce the Bell V-280 Valor for the FLRAA program. Since its first flight in 2017, the V-280 team has executed a rigorous flight test program flying more than 200 hours through over 160 individual test flights.


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Initiated following contract award in 2019, the Bell 360 program is producing an advanced, scout aircraft to fulfill requirements set out by the Army FARA program. The Bell 360 Invictus is designed to provide improved lethality, survivability, and extended reach for Army Aviation.


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Mission Lifecycle Sustainment

Our experts designed the FARA and FLRAA products to be supported by the same aviation ground support equipment used today and adapted the aircraft to be compatible with the U.S. Army’s current sustainment data systems.

Revolutionary Integration and Adaptability

Our Open-Architecture Digital Backbone offers effective on-demand integrations of new mission system equipment, paving the way for reliable, quick and cost-effective technology adaptability.

Innovative Manufacturing Centers

Bell’s revolutionary new Manufacturing Technology Center (MTC) offers cohesive, large-scale manufacturing capabilities for future vertical lift aircraft.

Bell 360 Invictus in flight - Bell's entry to the Future Aerial Reconnaissance Aircraft (FARA) for the U.S. Army's Future Vertical Lift (FVL) competition.
Bell V-280 Valor in flight - Bell's entry to the U.S. Army's Future Long Range Assault Aircraft for the Future Vertical Lift (FVL) competition.
Interior of the Bell 360 Invictus - Bell's entry to the Future Aerial Reconnaissance Aircraft (FARA) for the U.S. Army's Future Vertical Lift (FVL) competition.
Bell V-280 Valor hovering showing a fast rope mission - Bell's entry to the U.S. Army's Future Long Range Assault Aircraft for the Future Vertical Lift (FVL) competition.
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