GKN Aerospace to Provide Composite Structures for Bell Helicopter’s 525 Relentless

july 16 2012

GKN Aerospace has been selected to provide Bell Helicopter with key metal and composite structures across the new 525 Relentless helicopter fuselage.

The work includes composite and aluminium fuselage panels and structural parts installed in the cockpit, cabin and tailboom. Manufacture will begin in late 2012 with initial deliveries scheduled for 2013 and continuing through to the end of 2015.

GKN Aerospace's facilities in St. Louis, Missouri, and Tallassee, Alabama, will manufacture the components. The Tallassee site will produce composite structure including skins, bulkheads and frame assemblies.

“GKN Aerospace engineers have worked closely with the Bell Helicopter team through the structural design phase of this programme," reports Kevin Cummings, CEO – GKN Aerospace, North America.

Bell Helicopter announced the Bell 525 Relentless earlier this year. Capable of carrying up to 16 passengers, the Bell 525 Relentless is designed to support various mission configurations including oil and gas, search and rescue, helicopter emergency medical services and VIP/corporate transport.

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