Keeping in mind that any military vehicle is preposterously expensive by regular consumers' standards, the new V-280 Valor from Bell Helicopter is a (relatively) affordable alternative to the US Marine Corps' current aircraft of choice, the V-22 Osprey. Unveiled at the Farnborough International Airshow, the V-280 Valor's sleek design and powerful features make it a rival for any military aircraft.
Though technically not in competition with the Osprey for a military contract, the Valor matches or exceeds it in almost every category. Its top speed is just as fast, its combat radius is even greater, and -- best of all from a taxpayer's point of view -- it is slated to cost less than one-third of the $70 million sticker price for an Osprey.
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