The Bell V-280 Valor has been selected as a project agreement holder for the competitive demonstration and risk reduction (CD&RR) effort as part of the U.S. Army’s Future Long-Range Assault Aircraft (FLRAA) program. This contract follows the successful U.S. Army led JMR TD program in which the V-280 achieved all program goals, demonstrating its speed by flying above 300 knots and demonstrating low speed agility attitude quickness per ADS-33F-PRF. The V-280 Valor has now demonstrated in flight testing that it has the raw control power in pitch, roll, and yaw maneuvers to meet the Army’s Level 1 Handling Qualities requirements, which is the highest performance standard for agility. This flight testing validates Bell’s engineering models and development processes to design, build, and test an air vehicle on an aggressive aircraft development schedule that meets Army performance requirements and delivers revolutionary capabilities to warfighters.
Bell selected REM as its preferred metal surface finishing supplier in 2012 for rotorcraft transmission gear applications. This selection was made after nearly a decade of due diligence to validate REM’s best in class technology for flight-critical power transmission components. Bell communicated to customers in 2015 regarding the extensive use of REM’s Isotropic Superfinishing Technology for key applications and Bell continues to utilize REM’s Technology for demanding new applications such as the V-280 Valor.
“Bell is a clear industry leader in one of the most exciting new markets to emerge in my lifetime. REM is excited to support the growth and advancement of air travel as a key supplier to Bell,” said Justin Michaud, CEO of REM Surface Engineering.
Bell continues its iconic leadership in vertical flight with the development of the Nexus eVTOL Air Taxi. Bell describes the Nexus as “the nexus of transport and technology and of comfort and convenience.” The four-passenger air taxi designed for the electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) market is projected to be available in the mid-2020s.
Bell Flight: Nexus
About REM Surface Engineering
REM Surface Engineering adds value and performance enhancement to complex mechanical systems through the reduction of friction.
As a third-generation family-owned company founded in1965, REM Surface Engineering has proudly been serving our clients for over 50 years.
REM is the inventor of the ISF® Process, the Rapid ISF® Process, the Extreme ISF® Process and the REM® Process. Each of these unique technologies offer clients value and superior performance enhancements to conventional machining operations such as grinding, honing, lapping, or general machining.
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