New High-Speed Vertical Take-Off and Landing Design Concepts

The HSVTOL technology from Bell Textron combines the hover capability of a helicopter with the speed, range and survivability features of a fighter aircraft in order to develop a next-generation vertical lift aircraft system By DA Reporter / 16 Aug 2021

Bell Textron Inc. has unveiled design concepts for new High-Speed Vertical Take-Off and Landing (HSVTOL) aircraft systems for military applications.

This HSVTOL technology combines the hover capability of a helicopter with the speed, range and survivability features of a fighter aircraft in order to develop a next-generation vertical lift aircraft system. 

“Bell’s HSVTOL technology is a step change improvement in rotorcraft capabilities,” said Jason Hurst, vice president, Bell Textron Innovation. 

“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.”

Bell’s HSVTOL design concepts incorporate low downwash hover capability and scalability to support a range of missions from unmanned personnel recovery to tactical mobility.

The aircraft gross weights range from 4,000 lbs. to over 100,000 lbs., with jet-like cruise speeds of over 400 kts.

Bell’s HSVTOL capability is expected to become crucial to future mission needs offering a range of aircraft systems with enhanced runway independence, aircraft survivability, mission flexibility and enhanced performance over legacy platforms. 

Bell has explored high-speed vertical lift aircraft technology for more than 85 years, pioneering innovative VTOL configurations like the X-14, X-22, XV-3 and XV-15 for NASA, the U.S. Army and U.S. Air Force. 

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