Bell Helicopter, Textron Aviation Inc., Textron Aviation Defense LLC, Textron Systems, Textron Airborne Solutions and TRU Simulation + Training, all businesses of Textron Inc., are showcasing a vast product portfolio at the Farnborough International Airshow taking place July 16-22.
Bell’s next-generation aircraft on static display at Farnborough Air Show include:
The Bell 505 Jet Ranger X light single engine helicopter is the ideal military trainer and offers incredible value unlike any other helicopter in its class. With more than 100 delivered around the world, it is designed to be easier and safer to fly thanks to its superior standard equipment and state-of-the-art Garmin 1000H TM glass cockpit.
The Bell 429 is designed with the future in mind, enhancing occupant safety, with the adaptability to remain at the forefront as mission requirements evolve. The Bell 429 is chosen by police forces, air medical teams and militaries for time-sensitive missions.
The Bell V-280 Valor and Bell V-247 Vigilant will be featured in the new Live Product Demo Area. The Bell V-280’s new tiltrotor technology is Bell’s answer to the U.S. Army’s Future Vertical Lift program; it has been designed to revolutionize military capabilities with unmatched speed, range, payload, agility, survivability and endurance.
The Bell V-247 tiltrotor is designed to address the evolving military and transportation demands for a shipborne Unmanned Aerial Systems platform.
Textron Aviation and Textron Aviation Defense are highlighting their defense and special mission capabilities at the Farnborough International Air Show, including a static display of the world’s premier military flight trainer - the Beechcraft® T-6 Texan II - and special mission-equipped Cessna Citation CJ4, Beechcraft King Air 350i and Cessna Grand Caravan EX aircraft.
Since the Beechcraft® T-6 Texan II turboprop’s entry-into-service in 1994, nearly 1,000 aircraft have amassed more than 3.2 million hours across worldwide military flight training operations by 10 nations spanning the Americas, the U.K., Asia and the Middle East.
Throughout the week, Textron Aviation Defense will also display the Cessna Citation CJ4, King Air 350i and Cessna Grand Caravan EX, each featuring flexible interiors designed for a broad spectrum of special mission applications.
Textron Systems is showcasing the NIGHTWARDEN™ Tactical Unmanned Aircraft System (TUAS), Aerosonde® HQ, as well as the Fury® and G-CLAW™ precision weapon systems at the 2018 Farnborough Airshow.
Textron Systems is also displaying the G-CLAW and Fury precision guided weapon systems. Fury will be showcased on the NIGHTWARDEN TUAS and Textron Aviation’s AT-6, while G-CLAW will be showcased on Textron Aviation’s Cessna Caravan. The systems utilize global positioning system (GPS) /inertial navigation system (INS) and a Semi-Active Laser Seeker, to provide high levels of accuracy for weapon guidance and target engagement. Their advanced warhead designs and tri-mode fuzes maximize lethality against a wide range of targets.
TRU Simulation + Training
TRU Simulation + Training delivers innovative, total aviation training solutions to the commercial and military markets while providing superior technical support and customer service. TRU continues to build its presence as a leading provider to aircraft OEMs, including as an approved supplier to Boeing for the 737 MAX and 777X training programs. TRU continues to expand its footprint in Asia through several new Airbus full flight simulators for the A320 and A350 aircraft platforms- provided to Airbus’ growing base of global training centers in Beijing, Singapore and beyond.
Airborne Tactical Advantage Company (ATAC)
ATAC, a part of Textron Airborne Solutions, is an industry-leading provider of tactical flight training and adversary services which was acquired by Textron in 2016. ATAC provides allied partners and the U.S. Departments of the Navy and Air Force with realistic fighter adversary flight operations involving numerous tactical aircraft, highly skilled former military fighter pilots, and an impressive maintenance and logistics program. In addition to preserving flight hours on front-line active military aircraft, ATAC also enables the Department of Defense to focus on “blue air” combat flight training, ensuring U.S. military pilots have every possible tactical advantage, while saving the U.S. DOD significant costs.