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Bell 360 Invictus helicopter makes public debut

by Dylan MalyasoMalyasov

Bell, part of American conglomerate Textron, displayed mock-up of its new rotorcraft, 360 Invictus, during the Association of the United States Army (AUSA) National Conference.

“The Bell 360 will deliver advanced battlefield situational awareness, as well as lethal options, in support of the maneuver force at an affordable cost” said Vince Tobin, executive vice president of Military Business at Bell. “The multi-domain fight will be complex, and our team is delivering a highly capable, low-risk solution to confidently meet operational requirements with a sustainable fleet.”

The Bell 360 Invictus’ design emphasizes exceptional performance using proven technologies to fulfill the Army’s FARA requirements at an affordable cost and on schedule. One example is the Invictus’ rotor system. This design is based on Bell’s 525 Relentless rotor system which has been tested and proven at speeds in excess of 200 Knots True Air Speed (KTAS). By incorporating proven designs and the best available technologies from commercial and military programs, Bell delivers a low-risk path to a FARA program of record.

This advanced aircraft will have a transformative impact through next-generation flight performance, increased safety and greater operational readiness—all to deliver decisive capabilities.

Source selection for the newest Future Attack Reconnaissance Aircraft, or FARA, is underway as the Army’s Future Vertical Lift Cross-Functional Team looks to award two vendors in March 2020.

After the Army makes a selection, the two companies will present competitive prototypes followed by a “government-sponsored fly off” in 2023, said early Brig. Gen. Walter Rugen, the FVL cross-functional team director. The Army will then transition the FARA into an official program of record.

“FARA is going to be the greatest armed reconnaissance helicopter in the world,” said Rugen.

Link: https://defence-blog.com/army/bell-360-invictus-helicopter-makes-public-debut.html

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4 hours ago, desibdesi said:

May be we can be the first buyer of this. That way BD will have more advantages. If US wants to sell that is.

It's just a design not materialised yet. 

They will not sell it, we will not buy it because we don't really need it.

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On 2/1/2020 at 10:19 PM, Salted Cola said:

It's just a design not materialised yet. 

They will not sell it, we will not buy it because we don't really need it.

You are kidding right? It already made its public debut. If BD really wants to be a forefront of defense then they will need to buy state of the art weapons. Otherwise they will always be a second hand Army on the world.

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7 hours ago, desibdesi said:

You are kidding right? It already made its public debut. If BD really wants to be a forefront of defense then they will need to buy state of the art weapons. Otherwise they will always be a second hand Army on the world.

I wasn't being sarcastic. One has to be realistic and everybody here knows bd will not be acquiring that helicopter nor will bell be offering it to us.

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19 minutes ago, sibghat_99 said:

both links are the same and those were not in BAF service

Can't edit that post anymore. This is supposed to be the correct link for the second incident: https://aviation-safety.net/wikibase/157467

This thread is not limited to BAF.

The discussion is about "our Bell helos". Refer to Arsalan's post above.

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