Bell Helicopter has put together Team Valor, which comprises leading aerospace companies, bringing the best engineering resources, industrial capabilities, and critical thinking in the industry to meet the Army's needs. Additional team members will be announced in the coming weeks.

Textron adds that the transformational features of Bell Helicopter's third generation tiltrotor represent the most operationally effective aircraft for the U.S. Army's Future Vertical Lift requirements. With increased maintainability and component and systems reliability, the Bell V-280 is designed to deliver the best value in procurement, operations and support, and force structure. With more than twice the speed and range, the Bell V-280 Valor will offer commanders a combat maneuver platform with unmatched operational agility to self-deploy and perform a multitude of vertical lift missions unachievable with current aircraft.

"We are excited AGC Composites and Aerostructures is joining Team Valor and will provide the over wing fairing for the Bell V-280 tiltrotor," said John Garrison, president and chief executive officer of Bell Helicopter. "AGC Composites and Aerostructures joins our growing team of aerospace leaders who are aligning their interests and resources to deliver the highest levels of maturity and technical readiness to the U.S. Army for their future vertical lift missions."

"AGC Composites and Aerostructures is pleased to team on the V-280 program. AGC will utilise our engineering design, tooling production and composites and metallic manufacturing capabilities to successfully achieve the goals of this program," stated Rick Armstrong, president and chief executive officer of AGC Composites & Aerostructures. "The development of the over wing fairing will be a collaborative effort of several of our U.S. AGC companies. Bell Helicopter has developed a great team which will satisfy the requirements of the DOD's Future Vertical Lift program. AGC Composites and Aerostructures appreciates the opportunity to team and expand our relationship with Bell Helicopter."