FORT WORTH, Texas, 17 Oct. 2013. Engineers at Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company (NYSE:TXT) needed a proven propulsion system for its Bell V-280 Valor third-generation tiltrotor. They found their solution at GE Aviation, an operating unit of GE (NYSE:GE) in Cincinnati, Ohio.
"Our combined rotorcraft expertise will ensure the highest levels of maturity and technical readiness for the US Army," says John Garrison, president and CEO of Bell Helicopter.
"GE is proud to team with Bell on the V-280 Valor with a proven propulsion system to support this technology demonstration," says Jean Lydon-Rodgers, vice president and general manager, GE Aviation Military Systems Operation.
"GE continues to invest in next-generation propulsion technology through the Future Affordable Turbine Engine (FATE) program,” Lydon-Rodgers adds. “We look forward to providing the US Army with exciting, advanced technologies for Future Vertical Lift leading to a robust, durable engine that delivers tremendous performance and superior fuel consumption while meeting aggressive cost targets."
GE Aviation is the latest addition to Team Valor, aerospace companies bringing engineering resources, capabilities, and critical thinking in the industry to meet the Army’s needs.