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Manned and unmanned aircraft are participating in the intelligence-gathering and humanitarian missions.
The U.S. company is now promoting the aircraft in Europe for low-cost airborne sensing.
The company is bidding for several maritime patrol requirements in the region.
Sikorsky and Boeing will advance the SB-1 Defiant; Bell’s proposal is the V-280 Valor tiltrotor.
Replacing old electro-mechanical instruments, the new display improves the presentation of data and reduces pilot workload.
Company inked deals for 11 more of the transports, on which winglets will soon be an option.
BN-2 Islander and Defender twin turboprops could provide an affordable and entry-level ISR option, says their manufacturer.
The service plans to select two proposed designs to advance to fabrication and flight-testing.
The Army expected to make a decision on its Joint Multi-Role Program, and Bell believes commonality with the civil 525 gives the Valor an advantage.