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Bell 525 Relentless continues to gain momentum; names key suppliers

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company (NYSE: TXT), announced today the latest list of key suppliers for the Bell 525 Relentless, the world's first "super-medium" helicopter.

"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 Programs. "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 business."

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

· GKN Aerospace – Airframe Structure (Complex Machining & Composites)

· Goodrich – Ice Protection System

· Israel Aerospace Industries Ltd. – Passenger Seating

· Mecaer Aviation Group – Wheeled Landing Gear

· Kuka – Major Structure Tooling

· Pacifica Engineering – Rotor & Drive Tooling

· Triumph Group – Airframe Structure (Complex Machining & Composites)

The program team is focused on the detail part design, the design to manufacturing transition, and component and system testing. Suppliers are now collaborating on the design and delivery of their respective components to support the first prototype build.

"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 defines the new "super medium" product class - positioned at the upper end of the medium class and designed to offer best-in-class capabilities to our customers. It features superior payload and range, cabin and cargo volumes and crew visibility.

The Bell 525 Relentless mock up with be on display at the Farnborough International Airshow July 9-13, 2012.

Press release issued by Bell Helicopter Textron (Canada) on July 2, 2012


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GKN Aerospace Helicopter Assemblies, Aircraft Structural Components, Aircraft Doors, Wings, Empennages, Nacelles, Engine Nozzles, Engine Housings, Transparent Canopies, Fuel Tanks & Systems, Ice Protection/Prevention Equipment, Engine Parts, Winglets, Flotation Gear, Fuselage Sections, Engine Inlets, Windshields, Refueling Equipment, Air Refuelling Systems, Aircraft Control Surfaces, Aircraft Flooring
UTC Aerospace Systems, Sensors & Integrated Systems Proximity Sensors, Cabin Heaters, Sensors/Transducers, Brake System Components, Attitude and Heading Reference Systems, Angle of Attack Indicators, Stall Warning Systems, Ice Detectors, Attitude Indicators, Inertial Components & Systems, Current Measuring Equipment, Position/Displacement Detectors, Pressure Detectors, Airspeed Indicators, Temperature Detectors, Windshield Wipers, Air Data Computers, Aircraft Security Equipment, Fuel Quantity Indicators, Engine Health Monitoring, Pitot Tubes, Fuel Management Systems, Fuel Tanks & Systems, Ice Protection/Prevention Equipment, Water Heaters, Water Systems, Clutches, Health & Usage Monitoring, Gyroscopes, Rate Gyroscopes, Vertical Gyroscopes, Safety Equipment, Helicopter Rescue Hooks, Warning Systems/Equipment, Terrain Awareness and Warning Systems, Fire & Smoke Detectors, Collision Avoidance Systems/TCAS, External & Taxi Aid Camera System (ETACS
Israel Aerospace Industries Ltd. Empennages, Forming, Aircraft Structural Components, Metal Structures, Nacelles, Aircraft Landing Gear, Fuselage Sections, Aircraft Flooring, Final Assembly, Wings, Weapons Countermeasures, Passenger Seating
MECAER Aviation Group Aircraft Landing Gear, Helicopter Landing Gear, Aircraft & Helicopter Controllers, Rotor Hub Assemblies, Inflight Entertainment, Aircraft Interiors, Aeromedical Interiors, Hydraulic Equipment, Helicopter Rotor Balancing Equipment, Shock Absorbers & Mounts
KUKA Systems Corp. North America Industrial Robots, Tooling
MTorres America (Pacifica) CIM Systems, Tooling, Fabricating Services, Flexible Manufacturing Systems, Design Services, Test Stands, Lifting Equipment, Jacks, Lifts, Slings, Management Consultants, Manufacturing Consultants, Project Management Consultants, Computer-aided Design, Computer-aided Simulation
Triumph Aerostructures - Vought Aircraft Division Aircraft Structural Components, Empennages, Aircraft Doors, Nacelles, Wings, Helicopter Assemblies, Fuselage Sections, Wing Spoilers, Wing Flaps, Air Refuelling Systems, Wire Assemblies, Testing Services, Wing Spars, Fairings, Aircraft Flooring


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