Bell Helicopter Reveals Bell V-247 “Vigilant” Tiltrotor UAS in Ship-Borne Configuration

Issue 71 - November 2016

Bell Helicopter has unveiled the Bell V-247 Vigilant tilt rotor which will combine the vertical lift capability of a helicopter with the speed and range of a conventional fixed-wing aircraft, in Washington D.C . The revolutionary UAS is designed to provide unmatched long-endurance persistent expeditionary and surveillance capability and lethal reach, as well as runway independence to operate successfully in maritime environments and locations without secure runway availability.  

The Bell V-247 Vigilant satisfies the comprehensive spectrum of capabilities outlined in the 2016 Marine Corps Aviation Plan, and could be available for production as early as 2023. The Bell V-247 Vigilant is a solution designed to address the evolving demands of the military and transportation sectors for unmanned aircraft for a ship borne UAS platform, including: