Lockheed Martin Joins Bell on V-280 Tiltrotor Program

 - October 7, 2013, 4:40 AM

Lockheed Martin, the Pentagon’s largest supplier, has joined forces with Bell Helicopter on the V-280 being proposed for the DoD’s joint multi-role (JMR) technology demonstrator program. The move by Lockheed Martin comes one month after the company announced it is developing a “universal” avionics and weapons package for the Army’s JMR aircraft even before selection of an airframe. As many as 4,000 helicopters could be acquired under the program. Lockheed Martin is currently paired with Sikorsky on the VXX presidential helicopter replacement program and the MH-60R multirole maritime helicopter program.