The V-22 was developed by Boeing and Bell helicopters in the 1980s. It’s the only tilt rotor currently used by the Air Force and the Marine Corps and the only tilt rotor in production anywhere but the V22 program is coming to an end in 2050 and the US is spending billions of dollars for its replacement.
V280 Valor is the Tilt rotor of the future it’s designed to be lighter and faster reaching speeds of 280 knots hence its name.
The v280s slightly smaller size reduces the cost of production and maintenance. Each v280 is estimated to cost between 30 and 40 million dollars compared to the v22 Ospreys 70 million dollar price tag.
The v280s relatively lightweight makes them less costly to fuel and fly. Unlike the V22, the V280s engine pods do not rotate as only the blades with their power shafts do while the V280 can’t carry as much as the V22 it does have the ability to fold up more tightly and fit into a C-130. Watch video below to discover more: