Bell Helicopter named seven principal suppliers of components and tooling for its new Model 525 Relentless commercial helicopter program and high on the list is Triumph Group’s Vought Aircraft Division in Dallas.
The Vought division will produce both metal and composite structural components for Relentless, the new medium, long range helicopter Bell announced earlier this year.
Formerly Vought Aircraft Co., the west Dallas-based division builds aircraft components at six different plants including the home facility and one nearby in Grand Prairie.
Bell spokesman Bill Schroeder said that he did not have all of the details of what will be done and where. “The effort is being led by the Vought team locally.”
The Vought division’s Dallas plant builds the tail section for the Bell-Boeing V-22 Osprey aircraft and cabin structures for Sikorsky H-60 series Black Hawk helicopters, as well as other major structural aircraft components.
Triumph Group, based in Berwyn, Pa. bought the former Vought Aircraft Co. from the Carlyle Group in June 2010. It operates the unit as Triumph Aerostructures – Vought Aircraft Division.
Bell unveiled its plans for Relentless at the Heli Expo trade show in Dallas in February, with a full scale mockup. The company is taking that same mockup to the Farnborough air show in England next week.