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.