Bell's biggest helicopter yet, the "super medium" Model 525 Relentless, will be on display at Farnborough in the form of the impressive full-scale mockup unveiled at the Heli-Expo show in February.
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On the eve of the show, Bell has announced new suppliers for the 525 program. These include GKN Aerospace and Triumph Group for composite and machined airframe structures; Goodrich, ice protection system; Israel Aerospace Industries, passenger seating; Mecaer Aviation Group, wheeled landing gear; Kuka for major structure tooling and Pacifica Engeering for rotor and drive tooling.
These companies join General Electric, which is supplying the Relentless's digitally controlled CT7-2F1 engines: Garmin for the G5000H integrated flightdeck; and BAE Systems for the helicopter's fly-by-wire flight control system.
Weighing in at more than 18,000lb, carrying 16 passengers and two crew, the 525 will have a top speed in excess of 140kt and a range of more than 400nm. Scheduled to fly in 2013-14 and enter service in 2105, the Relentless is aimed at the oil and gas, search-and-rescue, emergency medical services and VIP/corporate transport markets.