FORT WORTH, Texas, 7 May 2014. Officials at Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company (NYSE:TXT), chose Astronics Advanced Electric Systems to design and manufacture power distribution systems for the Bell V-280 Valor.
“Building on our work on the Bell 525 and 505 programs, Astronics will be providing the primary and secondary electrical power distribution system for the V-280 tiltrotor,” explains Kellsey Justus, vice president of Astronics product line. “We are pleased to continue our relationship with Bell by participating in this exciting program that sets the stage for the future of vertical lift and the latest innovations in power distribution technology.”
“By using Astronics solid state power distribution systems, we provide enhanced reliability, weight savings, and advanced control capabilities for the V-280 Valor,” notes John Garrison, president and CEO of Bell Helicopter. “Team Valor continues to align interests and resources on this clean sheet design, together delivering technology and innovation that reduces cost, weight and complexity in order to make the next generation of tiltrotor technology more affordable.”
Bell Helicopter President and CEO John Garrison (Center Left) presents Kellsey Justus (Center Right), Astronics vice president, airborne power, with a Bell V-280 model at the 2014 Army Aviation Mission Solutions Summit in Nashville, Tenn. Also pictured from Astronics: Michael Ballas (Far Left) and Jon Vandewege (Far Right).