Bell Helicopter, October 18, 2013 - Fort Worth, TX - Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company, announced today that AGC Composites and Aerostructures will design, develop and manufacture the over wing fairing for the Bell V-280 Valor.
"We are excited AGC Composites and Aerostructures is joining Team Valor and will provide the over wing fairing for the Bell V-280 tiltrotor," said John Garrison, president and CEO of Bell Helicopter. "AGC Composites and Aerostructures joins our growing team of aerospace leaders who are aligning their interests and resources to deliver the highest levels of maturity and technical readiness to the U.S. Army for their future vertical lift missions."
"AGC Composites and Aerostructures is pleased to team on the V-280 program. AGC will utilize our engineering design, tooling production and composites and metallic manufacturing capabilities to successfully achieve the goals of this program," stated Rick Armstrong, president and CEO of AGC Composites & Aerostructures. "The development of the over wing fairing will be a collaborative effort of several of our U.S. AGC companies. Bell Helicopter has developed a great team which will satisfy the requirements of the DOD's Future Vertical Lift program. AGC Composites and Aerostructures appreciates the opportunity to team and expand our relationship with Bell Helicopter."
Team Valor is comprised of leading aerospace companies, bringing the best engineering resources, industrial capabilities, and critical thinking in the industry to meet the Army's needs. Additional team members will be announced in the coming weeks.
The transformational features of Bell Helicopter's third generation tiltrotor represent the most operationally effective aircraft for the U.S. Army's Future Vertical Lift requirements. With increased maintainability and component and systems reliability, the Bell V-280 is designed to deliver the best value in procurement, operations and support, and force structure. With more than twice the speed and range, the Bell V-280 Valor will offer commanders a combat maneuver platform with unmatched operational agility to self-deploy and perform a multitude of vertical lift missions unachievable with current aircraft.
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 tiltrotor 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 AGC Composites and Aerostructures: AGC Composites & Aerostructures, part of the AGC Aerospace & Defense portfolio, is jointly owned by The Edgewater Funds and Acorn Growth Companies. Its specialized products and capabilities include custom, weight-saving composite structures for legacy weapon systems, composite details and assemblies for aircraft currently in production, precision exotic metal assemblies for aircraft engines, and aircraft structural fusion welding (ASFW) on alloy metal parts for aftermarket spare programs.