UAV Bell and Rolls-Royce collaborate on advanced propulsion systems

Bell Helicopter and Rolls-Royce have signed a teaming agreement on developing advanced propulsion systems together

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Bell and Rolls-Royce will research engine designs, which improve performance, safety and affordability for future aircraft. Efforts are aimed at the V-280 Valor and the V-247. Both vehicles are advanced vertical lift platforms. Bell wrote in a statement that the collaboration would focus on the integration of Rolls-Royce´s low-risk propulsion systems into Bell aircraft.

Keith Flail, vice president of Advanced Vertical Lift Systems at Bell commented: “The goal of this collaboration is to enhance the performance and affordability of our aircraft further. Future Vertical Lift programs bring revolutionary solutions for warfighters; Bell and Rolls-Royce are focused on delivering those capabilities.”

Jason Propes, senior vice-president, Defense Customer Relations at Rolls-Royce added: “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."

Throughout the partnership, Bell will lead the development, production and design of advanced vertical lift systems, while Rolls-Royce will provide its expertise in propulsion systems to provide potential customers with high-performance solutions.

Rolls-Royce and Bell Helicopter have established a successful relationship for over 50 years, and this commitment is further proof of that.

Bell has been in the aviation sector for more than 80 years and currently has its headquarters in Forth Worth, Texas. Bell is developing, manufacturing and delivering helicopters to worldwide customers. Furthermore, the company has shifted its focus toward defining the future of on-demand mobility.

Rolls-Royce is an engine and propulsion system manufacturer and employs more than 6,000 people across the U.S. Engines are being manufactured in Indianapolis. The company shows a strong interest in the future of flight, as nearly US$1 billion have been invested in Research and Development since 2013.

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