Thu, Feb 16, 2012
Company Will Provide Control Computers For New Bell Helo
Bell Helicopter has selected BAE Systems to provide fly-by-wire
flight control computers for its 525 Relentless super medium class
helicopter. BAE says its systems flight control computers provide
the ability to operate in austere environments safely and reliably,
with decreased pilot workload.
“BAE Systems has more than five decades of experience
developing and producing flight control and vehicle management
systems for all types of aircraft,” said Joe Senftle, vice
president of communications and control solutions for BAE Systems.
“Our industry-leading record of technology innovation,
reliability, and successful development programs will ensure
best-in-class operations for the 525 Relentless
The fly-by-wire systems have a proven record in the harshest
operating environments in the world. The company’s pioneering
technology and continual advancements in the areas of redundancy
management, fault-tolerant design, health monitoring systems, and
failure mode analysis have established BAE Systems as a world
leader in control system reliability and integrity.
Through the strategic relationship announced yesterday, BAE
Systems will provide Bell Helicopter with the flight control
computers under a systems development and demonstration contract to
deliver flight-qualified units to be used for flight test and
certification, with follow-on production work over the next five
years. The development work will be conducted in the Southern Tier
of New York, with production at BAE Systems’ facility in Ft.
The fly-by-wire system provides pilots with the ability to fly
demanding missions in uncontrolled environments, without external
navigation or landing aids. The system is a full-authority digital
flight controller that provides fly-by-wire flight control,
integrated flight and propulsion control, aircraft
center-of-gravity computation for stores and fuel contents, as well
as structural air loads alleviation.
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