US-based aerospace company Bell Textron has unveiled design concepts for new High-Speed Vertical Take-Off and Landing (HSVTOL) aircraft systems for military applications.
The HSVTOL technology combines a helicopter’s hover capability with the speed, range and survivability features of a fighter aircraft to develop a new aircraft system.
The latest designs incorporate low downwash hover capability and scalability to support a range of missions.
According to the designs, the gross weights of the aircraft will range from 4,000lbs to more than 100,000lbs. They will be capable of travelling at a speed of more than 400kts.
Bell Textron Innovation vice-president Jason Hurst said: “Bell’s HSVTOL technology is a step change improvement in rotorcraft capabilities.
“Our technology investments have reduced risk and prepared us for rapid development of HSVTOL in a digital engineering environment, leveraging experience from a robust past of technology exploration and close partnerships with the Department of Defense and Research Laboratories.”
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The HSVTOL capability, which offers runway independence and additional flexibility to conduct missions, is expected to become crucial in the future.
Bell has been working on high-speed vertical lift aircraft technology for more than 85 years, supporting the development of X-14, X-22, XV-3 and XV-15 for NASA, the US Army, and US Air Force.
This expertise supported the development of the Bell-Boeing V-22 Osprey tiltrotor.
In a separate development, Parsons announced that it has secured a prime position on the General Services Administration‘s (GSA) multiple-award ASTRO indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity (ID/IQ) contract.
The contract will involve providing products, solutions, and capabilities to the US Department of Defense across the all-domain battlespace. It has a ten-year ordering period with a potential value in the multi-billions.