Bell 525 Relentless will have BAE Systems flight control computers

Bell Helicopter has selected
BAE Systems to provide fly-by-wire flight control computers for the new Bell 525
Relentless super medium helicopter.

“BAE Systems has more than
five decades of experience developing and producing flight control and vehicle
management systems for all types of aircraft,” said Joe Senftle, vice president
of communications and control solutions for BAE Systems. “Our industry-leading
record of technology innovation, reliability, and successful development
programs will ensure best-in-class operations for the 525 Relentless

Through the strategic relationship, BAE Systems will provide Bell Helicopter
with the flight control computers under a systems development and demonstration
contract to deliver flight-qualified units to be used for flight test and
certification, with follow-on production work over the next five years. The
development work will be conducted in the Southern Tier of New York, with
production at BAE Systems’ facility in Fort
Wayne, Indiana.

Terry Spruce

Terry is Senior News Editor and writes for both Corporate Jet Investor and Helicopter Investor. He is also responsible for our helicopter guides. Terry has been an aviation enthusiast since the early 1970s. He is a lapsed Private Pilot and ex-Piper Cherokee owner. He has flown a number of light aircraft and is comfortable sitting in the co-pilot's seat or the back of any aircraft. Before moving to journalism he was a banker for 20 years. You can contact him at: or follow him on twitter @Terry_Spruce

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