Bell 525 Relentless

Bell 525 Relentless

Launched as Project Magellan, the Super Medium Transport was first unveiled at the Heli-Expo 2012 in Dallas, Texas. Suppliers includes General Electric, Garmin and Bae Systems.

Performed first flight on July 1st, 2015 followed by second and third prototypes on December 2015 and September 2016.

Certification expected by 2016 but program delayed after FTV1 crashed on July 6, 2016. Test flights resume on July 2017 with focus on certification by end 2018.

On May 2018, the fourth prototype performed first flight with the FTV fleet achieving over 400 flight hours since tests resumed last July.

By January 2019, FTV 2 and 3 were performing flight tests together out of the recently expanded Bell Flight Research Center at Arlington, Texas.

On April 2019 was speculated that the Bell 525 could compete for the US Army FARA program but the manufacturer choice was the Invictus.

On March 2021 was announced that the Bell 525 will enter service in 2022 to an undisclosed oil and gas operator.

Specifications 525 Relentless

Engine 2 x GE CT7-2F1 1800 shp
Capacity 2 + 16
Length (m)
Height (m)
Blades 5
Rotor diam. (m)
Disc area (m2)
Weight (kgs)     Max: 8754
Speed (km/h)     Max: 306
Range (km) 926
Ceiling (m)
Rate/Climb (m/min)

  Derivatives & Versions of 525 Relentless

360 Invictus

2022 Bell proposal for US Army Future Attack Reconnaissance Aircraft FARA programme. The Bell Invictus features a tandem cockpit, an enclosed c ...

  List of Operators of 525 Relentless

Years Model Org
2012-    usa Bell Helicopter
2016-    italy Mecaer
2019-    ireland Waypoint Leasing
2019-    ireland Milestone Aviation
2019-    united arab emirates Abu Dhabi Aviation
2019-    usa Africair Inc
2020-    china Guangxi Diwang Group
2026 norway Equinor

  Global Distribution of 525 Relentless


Construction Numbers

C/N Built as Year History
mockup US mockup
62001 w/o 2016 2015 US N525TA
62002 US N525BK
62003 US N525BN
62014 2018 US N525BV
62015 2019 US N525TY

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