Royal Engineered Composites Secure Contract to Support the Bell 525 Relentless Project

21 January 2014

The company says the Relentless programme will require it to produce approximately 50 part numbers per aircraft. The composite components will be in support of the helicopter’s tailboom and cockpit assemblies.

According to the Bell 525 Relentless will feature sponsons on the aft fuselage for retractable wheeled landing gear and internally-stowed floatation devices. The company says the sponsons will provide a weight-efficient and fuel-efficient configuration for high-speed flight. In addition, a cross-sectional area of the tail boom is reduced to optimise payload and airframe lateral drag in sideward flight.

Royal Engineered Composites explains the Relentless is a Super Medium rotorcraft with expected use in Oil and Gas sector, corporate, emergency medical, firefighting, and parapublic transport.  Manufacturing will take place at Bell Helicopter’s facility in Texas, US and first flight is expected in 2014.

Royal states its contributions to the 525 Relentless will not be the first collaboration between Bell Helicopter and Royal.  Currently, Royal says it produces more than100 part numbers for the Bell-Boeing V-22 Osprey.

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