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    NEWS | Bell 360 Invictus

    Mecaer Joined Invictus Team for FARA

    Mecaer America Inc (MAI), the Canadian branch of the Mecaer Aviation Group, will build the landing gear system for the Bell 360 Invictus prototype being produced as part of the US Army’s Future Attack Reconnaissance Aircraft (FARA) program

    * The Invictus Team is formed by Astronics, Collins Aerospace, GE Aviation (T901 engines), ITT-Enidine, L3Harris (sensors), Parker Lord, Mecaer, MOOG and TRU Simulation + Training


    Mecaer Joined Invictus Team for FARA

    Mecaer Aviation Group, June 29, 2020 - Montreal, Canada – Mecaer America, Inc. (MAI) located in Montreal, Canada is pleased to announce its selection by Bell Textron Inc., a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, as the Team Invictus partner responsible for the Landing Gear System.

    MAI is developing and will manufacture a fully retractable, tail dragger landing gear system which provides landing, take-off, taxiing and ground maneuvering capabilities to the Bell 360 Invictus helicopter.

    This configuration contributes to the overall low-risk design that emphasizes operational availability, sustainability, and maintainability in the first generation.

    The Bell 360 prototype is being produced as part of the U.S. Army’s Future Attack Reconnaissance Aircraft (FARA) program.

    The Landing Gear System is comprised of the following subsystems - Main and Tail Landing Gear Structure; Hydraulic Retraction Control System (with retract actuators, cockpit control panel, landing gear control, emergency operation and shut off valves); Hydraulic Brake System and Rolling Stock (with reservoir, brake master cylinders, park brake valve, main wheel brakes, main and tail landing gear wheels and tires).

    Armando Sassoli - Executive Vice President said, “We are honored to have been selected to team with Bell on the FARA program. I believe, our selection to develop the landing gear system for the Bell 360 Invictus further reflects the market’s recognition of MAI as a trusted and reliable partner for any OEM launching a new aircraft program.”

    MAI and its parent company provide landing system solutions and manufacturing to several major OEM’s, the list includes Airbus Helicopters, Bell, Collins Aerospace, Hanwha Corporation, Leonardo Aircraft Division, Leonardo Helicopter Division, One Aviation, Piper Aircraft, Safran and Turkish Aerospace Industries.

    About Mecaer America, Inc.: Located in Montreal, Canada - as a wholly owned subsidiary of Mecaer Aviation Group S.p.A. – MAI is a leading international provider of fully integrated landing gear systems for both the military and commercial sectors.

    About Mecaer Aviation Group: With facilities across Italy, Canada and the United States, MAG offers integrated systems including flight controls, landing gear and actuation systems, as well as cabin comfort systems for helicopters, business aircraft, general aviation and basic trainers. Capabilities include design, development, manufacture, certification, and noise and vibration abatement, together with completion, modification, and MRO services.

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    Bell 360 Invictus
    Mecaer     MAG Inc
    See also Bell 360 Invictus Team



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