Thu, Mar 10, 2011
Agreement Announced Between Magellan Aerospace, Bell
Magellan Aerospace has reached an agreement with Bell Helicopter
for a Wire Strike Protection System (WSPS) kit development. The
helicopter to be fitted with WSPS will be the Bell UH-1Y. The
design and production of the WSPS will be carried out at Magellan's
Bristol Aerospace operating division in Winnipeg, Manitoba, for
delivery of the prototype kits in 2011.
Bell UH-1Y File Photo
Bristol is the global expert for this unique system, offering a
proven design and acknowledged technological expertise. In January
of this year, the company also announced a new agreement with
Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL), headquartered in Bangalore,
India for the design and development of a new WSPS kit for the HAL
Advanced Light Helicopter (ALH).
Bell Helicopters is a long time customer and supporter of
WSPS. Bristol's initial WSPS development and testing was for
the Bell CH-136 Kiowa in 1977. Bristol has previously adapted
the design to several variants of Bell's UH-1 helicopters.
"Our WSPS continues to lead the way with helicopter OEMs, and we
are proud of our long-lasting and ongoing relationship with Bell
Helicopter," said Mr. Don Boitson, Vice President and General
Manger, Bristol Aerospace, announcing the agreement Tuesday.
In 1977 Bristol, with the Canadian Forces, designed the WSPS to
provide a measure of protection for helicopters to the potentially
devastating consequences of inadvertent encounters with
horizontally strung wires and cables. In 2009, Bristol reached the
milestone of delivering its 20,000th WSPS kit. More
than 65 commercial and military models of WSPS have been developed
for customers around the world and new systems continue to be
designed for new helicopter developments that are increasing in
size and complexity.
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