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I've never been in a helicopter, hell, I don't even like airplanes, but this V-280 Valor looks incredible. Of course, a common civilian like myself would never have access to such a machine, but hey, a girl can dream, right? Let's just say it has far more intimidation power than my Volkswagen Beetle. According to Business Insider —
"The V-280 will have a crew of 4 (including two pilots) and be capable of transporting up to 14 troops. Its cruising speed will be 280 knots (hence the designation V-280) and its top speed will be 300 kts. It’s designed for a range of 2,100 nautical miles and an effective combat range of 500 to 800 nmi although the Army’s requirements for the demonstrator call for hot and high hover performance (at 6,000 feet and 95 F), and the ability to self-deploy 2,100 nautical miles at a speed of at least 230 knots. It’s designed for a range of 2,100 nautical miles and an effective combat range of 500 to 800 nmi."
Currently, the V-280 has yet to make its maiden voyage, but sources suggest that will take place in the coming days. If anything, it's quite reassuring that these machines are tested endlessly prior to being used by the military. I mean, duh, but who knows nowadays? Didn't a ton of smartphones have to be recalled for blowing up in people's pockets? Yeah, that's what I thought.
To see the full article, head over to Business Insider
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