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New helicopter ready for testing

SOURCE: Bell Helicopter SOURCE: Bell Helicopter
SOURCE: Bell Helicopter SOURCE: Bell Helicopter
SOURCE: Bell Helicopter SOURCE: Bell Helicopter
SOURCE: Bell Helicopter SOURCE: Bell Helicopter
AMARILLO, TX (KFDA) -

Bell Helicopter announced Wednesday that construction of an experimental aircraft in Amarillo is finished, and the aircraft is ready for testing.

The V-280 Valor is like the Bell Osprey built here because it can move up, down and forward.

However, according to a news release, new designing and technology make the new craft twice as fast, and it can travel twice as far on a mission. 

Bell is competing with a team of Sikorsky and Boeing to build the next generation of vertical-lift aircraft.

It is part of a program to replace aging helicopters now used by the military.

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