Bell Helicopter, September 06, 2011 - MIRABEL, QUEBEC, CANADA - Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company, today celebrated its long standing partnership with the Canadian Department of National Defense (DND) during a ceremony at the company’s Mirabel, Canada facilities.
Members from the Canadian Forces were on hand to be recognized and thanked by Bell Helicopter leadership for their continued dedication to defending national security and their support of the aerospace and defense industry.
“The Canadian Forces began flying Bell Helicopter products more than 40 years ago, Bell Helicopter is proud of that heritage and is committed to further developing our relationship in support of the DND mission,” said Barry Kohler, President Bell Helicopter Canada. “We look forward to building upon our commitment and solidifying our position as a partner of choice for the Canadian Government.”
As part of the ceremony, Bell Helicopter featured its revolutionary tiltrotor technology via demonstration flights and static displays of the Bell-Boeing V-22 Osprey. Additional aircraft were on static display, including the Canadian Forces CH-146 Griffon and the Bell 429.
Also participating in the event was Textron Systems, displaying the Aerosonde, a lightweight unmanned aircraft system (UAS), which can be launched using a catapult system or from the top of a fast-moving ground vehicle.
Recently Bell Helicopter and the Canadian Government signed an agreement to support the Canadian Forces CH-146 Griffon Fleet under the 10-year, Optimized Weapon System Support contract.
“Bell Helicopter will continue to support the men and women of the Canadian Forces, providing them with superior products and services both now and well into the future,” said Kohler.
About Bell Helicopter Textron Canada Limited (BHTCL)
A Bell Helicopter affiliate, Bell Helicopter Textron Canada Limited manufactures Bell's commercial helicopters at its 656,600-square-foot (61,000-square-meter) Mirabel facility and employs 1,800 people there and at facilities in Calgary, Alberta.
About Bell Helicopter
Bell Helicopter, a wholly owned subsidiary of Textron Inc., is an industry-leading producer of commercial and military, manned and unmanned vertical lift aircraft and the pioneer of the revolutionary tilt rotor aircraft. Globally recognized for world-class customer service, innovation and superior quality, Bell's global workforce serves customers flying Bell aircraft in more than 120 countries.
About Textron Inc.
Textron Inc. is a multi-industry company that leverages its global network of aircraft, defense, industrial and finance businesses to provide customers with innovative solutions and services. Textron is known around the world for its powerful brands such as Bell Helicopter, Cessna Aircraft Company , Jacobsen, Kautex, Lycoming, E-Z-GO, Greenlee, and Textron Systems.