Bell Textron Inc.a Textron Inc. company, today announced that it has entered into an association agreement with Sierra Nevada Company , a global aerospace and national security company, for Bell’s high-speed vertical take-off and landing (HSVTOL) aircraft. As part of the collaboration, SNC will specifically support the design and development of mission systems for the HSVTOL variants.
Bell’s HSVTOL vehicles combine the hover capability of a helicopter with the speed, range and survivability characteristics of fighter jets, with low hover capability and speeds of over 400 knots. This family of scalable aircraft concepts is designed to carry out USAF and USSOCOM missions across the full spectrum of conflict and political scenarios, including personnel recovery, contested logistics, and ISR/Strike.
“In an effort to advance technical maturity and deliver HSVTOL capability to warfighters earlier, Bell is bringing together a team of industry-leading partners. We are thrilled to have SNC on board,” said Jason Hurst, Vice President, Innovation, Bell. “We made significant progress in the development of Bell’s HSVTOL technology in 2022, and we look forward to showcasing that progress in the year ahead.
“SNC is thrilled to join Bell’s HSVTOL development team, and we are already hard at work delivering the visionary mission systems that Bell demands for its visionary aircraft,” said Derek Hess, vice president, Business development of strategic programs at SNC. “Our nation’s fighters will benefit from the game-changing operational capabilities of this HSVTOL program.”
Similar to Bell’s innovation development, SNC continues to leverage its mission systems expertise to explore dynamic new opportunities. SNC is also supporting Bell with additional mission systems expertise for the development of the Bell 360 Invictus for the US Army’s Future Attack Reconnaissance Aircraft (FARA) competition.
Bell is currently running its HSVTOL risk reduction effort and participating in the AFWERX HSVTOL Concept Challenge, a crowdsourcing effort for the United States Air Force (USAF) and United States Special Operations Command (USSOCOM). Bell is one of 11 companies out of more than 200 participants selected to receive market research investments aimed at advancing HSVTOL technology.