Kris Osborn wrote an article for the National Interest talking about how Bell Helicopter’s new V-280 will change the game on the battlefield. This new V-280 will have a 360 degree sensor that has been influenced by the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter also known as the Distributed Aperture Systems or DAS. The V0280 is considered to be a tiltrotor aircraft.
Here is what Vince Tobin, the Vice President of Advanced Tiltrotor Systems, Bell Helicopter said during an interview with Scout Warrior.
“Instead of having sensors mounted to the turret, you have sensors that are mounted to the aircraft – so essentially you have sensors staring in 360-degrees around the aircraft at any given time. Those images are stitched together so it appears as one continuous image to the pilot. Both pilots can make use of the same system.”
The V-280 will be considered a part of the Army’s Joint Multi Role Technology Demonstrator program that is focused on a new Future Vertical Lift which can meet a large number of new requirements.
There is also an attack variant of this aircraft that is explained here by Tobin.
“An armed attack version will have a gun, 2.75in folding-fin rockets and some type of point-to-point missile - hellfire or some later generation missile that would guide off of a laser or IR. We are being open ended in that we are not designing any specific requirement.”
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