Bell names key suppliers

Bell Helicopter announced
the latest list of key suppliers for the Bell 525 Relentless.

“This is an important
milestone for the 525 Relentless program as we transition from the preliminary
design phase into detailed design,” said Larry Thimmesch, Bell Helicopter’s
vice president of commercial programmes.

Thimmesch continued “Collaborating
with these critical suppliers on our customer solution is testament to just how
far the Relentless program has come in a few short months since it was unveiled
at HeliExpo in Dallas, Texas this February. The new Bell 525
Relentless is a culmination of our research and development efforts, in
collaboration with continual inputs from our Customer Advisory Panel, comprised
of large operators from around the globe in every segment of the

Bell Helicopter has
established agreements for equipment, parts and tooling with the following
suppliers for the 525 Relentless programme:

GKN Aerospace – Airframe
Structure (Complex Machining & Composites)

Goodrich – Ice Protection

Israel Aerospace Industries
Ltd. – Passenger Seating

Mecaer Aviation Group –
Wheeled Landing Gear

Kuka – Major Structure

Pacifica Engineering – Rotor & Drive Tooling

Triumph Group – Airframe
Structure (Complex Machining & Composites)

“Securing these leading
suppliers for parts, systems and tooling underscores the progress we are making
toward our objective of meeting our customers’ needs by delivering this game
changing product to the market as soon as possible. These suppliers are
examples in how we are implementing the use of proven new technology to meet
our customer’s future needs to safely, repeatedly and reliably execute their
missions,” added Thimmesch.

The Bell 525 Relentless mock
up with be on display at the Farnborough International Airshow.


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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