Bell Names Key Suppliers For 525 Relentless
Bell Helicopter has announced key program suppliers for its new 525 Relentless twin. They include GKN Aerospace and Triumph Group for airframe structure machining and composites; Kuka for major structural tooling; Goodrich for ice protection; Israel Aerospace Industries for passenger seating; and Mecaer for wheeled landing gear.
Larry Thimmesch, Bell vice president for commercial programs, said the company was transitioning from the preliminary to the detailed design phase on the 16- to 18-passenger 525. Bell unveiled the new 18,000-pound rotorcraft in February. It will be powered by a pair of GE CT7-2F1 engines (1,800 shp each) driving an all-composite five-blade main rotor system and a four-blade tailrotor.
The 525 will feature the Garmin G5000H touchscreen-controlled glass-panel integrated avionics suite with four main displays and Telligence voice-command capabilities, two key components of Bell’s new “ARC” (awareness, react and control) cockpit. The U.S. manufacturer is targeting certification in 2015.