Bell Textron has been cleared to keep on developing aircraft to continue the future of vertical lift military aircraft.

The Government Accountability Office today denied a protest by rival manufacturer Sikorsky.

Bell test flew the V-280 Valor here, but the company is building a development facility in Grand Prairie. It’s still too early to know how much assembly might be done at its Amarillo facility.

The V-280 will replace the Black Hawk transport and Apache attack helicopters with a craft that flies like a helicopter and airplane like Bell’s Osprey which it makes here.

The GAO Is an independent, non-partisan arm of Congress and says the cost of the project is going to be worth over 7 million dollars.