PROVIDENCE, R.I.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Bell Helicopter, Textron Aviation Inc., Textron Aviation Defense LLC, Textron Systems, Textron Airborne Solutions and TRU Simulation + Training, all businesses of Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT), will showcase a vast product portfolio at the Farnborough International Airshow—one of the leading aerospace events in the world. The show takes place July 16-22, and Textron will display at the Textron Chalet L2.
“Our businesses will show a great range of products at Farnborough, reflecting our strong commitment to product development over the past several years,” said Scott Donnelly, Textron’s Chairman and CEO. “We’re excited to show our latest offerings of commercial and military aircraft, unmanned aircraft and simulation and training solutions. This show is always a special opportunity to meet with established and potentially new customers from around the world.”
For decades, Bell has been known for building aircraft that enable life-saving missions and support militaries around the world. Our aircraft are able to rapidly deliver and retrieve warfighters in extreme, challenging environments and for fast transport. When it comes to developing tiltrotor technology, or producing life-saving aircraft, Bell has the innovative minds and the relentless drive to revolutionize vertical takeoff and lift.
Discover these next-generation aircraft on static display at Farnborough Air Show:
- The Bell 505 Jet Ranger X light single engine helicopter is the ideal military trainer and offers incredible value unlike any other helicopter in its class. With more than 100 delivered around the world, it is designed to be easier and safer to fly thanks to its superior standard equipment and state-of-the-art Garmin 1000H TM glass cockpit.
- The Bell 429 is designed with the future in mind, enhancing occupant safety, with the adaptability to remain at the forefront as mission requirements evolve. The Bell 429 is chosen by police forces, air medical teams and militaries around the world for time-sensitive missions.
- The Bell V-280 Valor and Bell V-247 Vigilant will be featured in the new Live Product Demo Area. The Bell V-280’s new tiltrotor technology is Bell’s answer to the U.S. Army’s Future Vertical Lift program; it has been designed to revolutionize military capabilities with unmatched speed, range, payload, agility, survivability and endurance. The Bell V-247 tiltrotor is designed to address the evolving military and transportation demands for a shipborne Unmanned Aerial Systems platform.
Thinking above and beyond is what we do. For more than 80 years, we’ve been reimagining the experience of flight—and where it can take us.
Textron Aviation and Textron Aviation Defense will be highlighting their defense and special mission capabilities at the Farnborough International Air Show, including a static display of the world’s premier military flight trainer—the Beechcraft® T-6 Texan II—and special mission-equipped Cessna Citation CJ4, Beechcraft King Air 350i and Cessna Grand Caravan EX aircraft.
Since the Beechcraft® T-6 Texan II turboprop’s entry-into-service in 1994, nearly 1,000 aircraft have amassed more than 3.2 million hours across worldwide military flight training operations by 10 nations spanning the Americas, the U.K., Asia and the Middle East.
Throughout the week, Textron Aviation Defense will also display the Cessna Citation CJ4, King Air 350i and Cessna Grand Caravan EX, each featuring flexible interiors designed for a broad spectrum of special mission applications.
The Citation® CJ4® jet redefines versatility for a light jet. The CJ4 has added speed, range and cabin size over its predecessor without incurring midsize jet operating costs. The Collins Pro Line 21™ avionics suite streamlines the ease of operation of the CJ4. Features such as single point refueling, an externally serviceable lavatory and excellent range deliver what crew and cabin passengers appreciate.
True to its legacy of innovation, the Beechcraft® King Air® 350i surpasses its predecessor’s high-caliber performance with more payload capability and range, a quieter interior with standard Wi-Fi, and Pro Line Fusion™ avionics with full touch-screen simplicity. The King Air is the world’s best-selling business turboprop family.
The Cessna® Grand Caravan® EX is known for its dependable and efficient performance by regional airlines, charter operators and cargo carriers worldwide. The Grand Caravan EX was engineered for challenging missions, high payloads and short, rough runways while delivering single-engine economy and simplicity.
Textron Systems will showcase the NIGHTWARDEN™ Tactical Unmanned Aircraft System (TUAS), Aerosonde® HQ, as well as the Fury® and G-CLAW™ precision weapon systems at the 2018 Farnborough Airshow.
The NIGHTWARDEN TUAS, which made its debut at the 2017 Paris Airshow, will make its Farnborough Airshow debut. Its multiple payload locations, open architecture and software automation, coupled with its satellite communications capability, give NIGHTWARDEN advanced flexibility and power for tackling various simultaneous mission requirements. The platform also offers up to 18 hours of endurance and a range of up to 1,000 kilometers. Textron Systems’ family of TUAS offers proven and reliable experience with more than one million flight hours from operations around the world.
The Aerosonde HQ combines the vertical takeoff and landing capabilities of a multi-rotor platform with the proven efficiency, range and speed of the Aerosonde Small Unmanned Aircraft System (SUAS) fixed-wing aircraft. This HQ capability can be integrated into an existing or new Aerosonde system in less than five minutes, yielding an extremely diverse mission set with an extremely small, and highly mobile, operational footprint.
Textron Systems will also display the G-CLAW and Fury precision guided weapon systems. Fury will be showcased on the NIGHTWARDEN TUAS and Textron Aviation’s AT-6, while G-CLAW will be showcased on Textron Aviation’s Cessna Caravan. The systems utilize global positioning system (GPS) /inertial navigation system (INS) and a Semi-Active Laser Seeker, to provide high levels of accuracy for weapon guidance and target engagement. Their advanced warhead designs and tri-mode fuzes maximize lethality against a wide range of targets.
TRU Simulation + Training
TRU Simulation + Training delivers innovative, total aviation training solutions to the commercial and military markets while providing superior technical support and customer service. TRU continues to build its presence as a leading provider to aircraft OEMs, including as an approved supplier to Boeing for the 737 MAX and 777X training programs. TRU successfully qualified and delivered the world’s first-ever 737 MAX Full Flight Simulators (FFS) to Boeing’s Training Campuses in Miami, Singapore, Gatwick and Shanghai as Boeing continues to expand its 737 MAX FFS order. TRU continues to expand its footprint in Asia through several new Airbus full flight simulators for the A320 and A350 aircraft platforms—provided to Airbus’ growing base of global training centers in Beijing, Singapore and beyond.
TRU will have senior executives available to answer questions about TRU’s total training solutions.
Airborne Tactical Advantage Company (ATAC)
ATAC, a part of Textron Airborne Solutions, is an industry-leading provider of tactical flight training and adversary services which was acquired by Textron in 2016. ATAC provides allied partners and the U.S. Departments of the Navy and Air Force with realistic fighter adversary flight operations involving numerous tactical aircraft, highly skilled former military fighter pilots, and an impressive maintenance and logistics program. In addition to preserving flight hours on front-line active military aircraft, ATAC also enables the Department of Defense to focus on "blue air" combat flight training, ensuring U.S. military pilots have every possible tactical advantage, while saving the U.S. DOD significant costs.
Thinking above and beyond is what we do. For more than 80 years, we’ve been reimagining the experience of flight – and where it can take us.
We are pioneers. We were the first to break the sound barrier and to certify a commercial helicopter. We were aboard NASA’s first lunar mission and brought advanced tiltrotor systems to market. Today, we’re defining the future of on-demand mobility.
Headquartered in Fort Worth, Texas – as a wholly-owned subsidiary of Textron Inc., – we have strategic locations around the globe. And with nearly one quarter of our workforce having served, helping our military achieve their missions is a passion of ours.
Above all, our breakthrough innovations deliver exceptional experiences to our customers. Efficiently. Reliably. And always, with safety at the forefront. For more information, visit www.bellflight.com.
About Textron Aviation Inc.
Textron Aviation Inc. is the leading general aviation authority and home to the Beechcraft, Cessna and Hawker brands, which account for more than half of all general aviation aircraft flying. For more than 90 years, the Textron Aviation brands have represented unrivaled innovation, performance and leadership in the industry, offering an unmatched value proposition rooted in the total ownership experience. Leveraging unparalleled speed-to-market, Textron Aviation provides the most versatile and comprehensive business and general aviation product portfolio in the world through five principal lines of business: business jets, general aviation and special mission turboprop aircraft, high performance piston aircraft, military trainer and defense aircraft and a complete global customer service organization. Textron Aviation has delivered more than 250,000 aircraft in over 143 countries. Its broad range of products include such best-selling aircraft as Citation business jets, King Air and Caravan turboprops and T-6 military trainer aircraft, all of which are backed by the industry’s most capable global service network. For more information, visit www.txtav.com.
About Textron Aviation Defense LLC
When customers need airborne solutions for their critical missions, they turn to Textron Aviation Defense LLC (formerly known as Beechcraft Defense)—a company offering innovative aviation platforms with state-of-the-art technologies, superior performance and the flight characteristics required to fit numerous military and special mission profiles. Textron Aviation Defense offers the innovative Scorpion, a bold new adaptable multi-mission military jet with unparalleled acquisition and operating costs, as well as the leading military flight trainer, the Beechcraft T-6 Texan and the world-class light attack and armed reconnaissance platform, the Beechcraft AT-6 Wolverine. For more information, visit www.defense.txtav.com.
About Textron Systems
Textron Systems’ businesses develop and integrate products, services and support for aerospace and defense customers, as well as civil and commercial customers including those in law enforcement, security, border patrol and critical infrastructure protection around the globe. Harnessing agility and a broad base of expertise, Textron Systems’ innovative businesses design, manufacture, field and support comprehensive solutions that expand customer capabilities and deliver value. For more information, visit www.textronsystems.com.
About TRU Simulation + Training
TRU Simulation + Training Inc., a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, delivers innovative, total aviation training solutions to the commercial and military markets while providing superior technical support and customer service. Headquartered in Goose Creek, S.C., the company is known for its high-fidelity training devices, pilot and maintenance training, military mission training, and aviation training services and support. For more information, visit www.TRUSimulation.com.
About Textron Airborne Solutions
Textron Airborne Solutions focuses on live military air-to-air and air-to-ship training and support services. Within Textron Airborne Solutions is Airborne Tactical Advantage Company (ATAC), a business that provides tactical flight training and adversary aggressor services for U.S. Navy, Marine and Air Force pilots. ATAC comprises the leading outsourced civilian, tactical airborne training organization and proudly provides the highest quality live training to squadrons, Air Wings, and Battle Groups. ATAC is the only civilian organization approved to train the U.S. Navy's elite Fighter Weapons School, also known as "TOPGUN", and is the first civilian organization to train the USAF's F-22 Raptors. For more information visit: www.atacusa.com.
About Textron Inc.
Textron Inc. is a multi-industry company that leverages its global network of aircraft, defense, industrial and finance businesses to provide customers with innovative solutions and services. Textron is known around the world for its powerful brands such as Bell, Cessna, Beechcraft, Hawker, Jacobsen, Kautex, Lycoming, E-Z-GO, Textron Off Road, Arctic Cat, Textron Systems, and TRU Simulation + Training. For more information, visit www.textron.com.
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