Bell Helicopter Textron (“Bell Helicopter”) awarded its AAR’s Defense Systems & Logistics (DS&L) business unit a contract providing warehouse and logistics services in support of upgrading T64 engines for the Bell V-280 Valor technical demonstrator aircraft. The two-year agreement is the first between the global aerospace and defense contractor AAR and Bell Helicopter, producer of commercial and military aircraft. AAR will support this effort from its logistics operation located in Havelock, N.C. The Bell V-280 Valor is a third-generation tiltrotor aircraft participating in the U.S. Army’s Future Vertical Lift (FVL) program. The V-280 Valor design was selected by the U.S. Army for the Joint Multi-Role Technology Demonstrator (JMR-TD) phase to serve as a precursor to FVL, a program which will create the next generation of vertical lift aircraft for the U.S. military. Bell Helicopter anticipates using a version of the Future Affordable Turbine Engine (FATE) in the production version of the V-280 Valor.