Bell HELICOPTER marked the anniversary of the V-280 Valor’s first flight in December. Since its
first flight one year ago, the V-280 has
completed over 80 flight hours and has flown at over 280 knots true airspeed with in-flight transitions between cruise mode and vertical takeoff and landing. These milestones
represent exceptional progress on the V-280 development program and bring Bell one
step closer to creating the next generation of vertical lift for the U.S. military.
Textron Aviation announced an expanded relationship between Textron Aviation and
NetJets, reaching agreements for the purchase
of up to 175 Citation Longitudes and an option
to purchase up to 150 Citation Hemispheres, making NetJets the launch customer for the
Textron Specialized Vehicles won new business for its TUG, Douglas Equipment, and Safeaero products for use at airports around the globe, while
KAUTEX, an industry leader in the development and production of all-plastic hybrid fuel systems, entered into contracts with major OEMs to supply these products for their hybrid vehicles.
Textron systems continued to advance its Ship-to-Shore Connector program, receiving
contracts in 2018 totaling $420 million to
procure long-lead time material for the initial
production contract. In addition, following Pre-Delivery Inspection and Trials, Textron Systems’ Common Unmanned Surface Vehicle began Development Testing as the U.S. Navy leads underway operations and testing as
part of its Unmanned Influence Sweep Systems program.