The companies have signed a teaming agreement to research engine designs to improve safety, performance and affordability for future aircraft.
Bell Helicopter announced a teaming agreement with Rolls-Royce for the development of an optimized propulsion system and continued risk reduction efforts aimed at the V-280 Valor and V-247 advanced vertical lift platforms last month.
The collaboration, say the firm, will focus on the integration of Rolls-Royce’s advanced propulsion systems into future Bell aircraft.
Keith Flail, vice president of Advanced Vertical Lift Systems at Bell, said:
“The goal of this collaboration is to further enhance the performance and affordability of our aircraft. Future Vertical Lift programs bring revolutionary solutions for warfighters; Bell and Rolls-Royce are focused on delivering those capabilities.”
As part of this teaming agreement, Bell will lead the design, development and production of advanced vertical lift systems, and Rolls-Royce will provide its technical expertise in propulsion systems to provide potential customers with tested, high-performance solutions.
Jason Propes, senior vice-president, Defense Customer Relations at Rolls-Royce, said:
“Bell is at the forefront of creating highly capable and sustainable aircraft that vastly outperform legacy platforms, and Rolls-Royce is a world leader in advanced engines and propulsion systems. We are excited to enhance our long-standing relationship with Bell and help deliver on customer requirements through innovative solutions and proven technologies.”