Bell Helicopter has named Lockheed Martin as its first major partner in the development of its V-280 Valor tiltrotor for the U.S. Army. Lockheed Martin — as the first “tier one team member” — will provide the aircraft with a mission system and equipment package, the company said, announcing the deal Sept. 9. Bell says more team members will be announced in the coming months, but it’s not clear if the company will find a full-risk sharing partner for the program. It had been ...

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