Triumph Group announced that Bell Textron Inc. selected Triumph Systems & Support as a supplier for Bell 360 Invictus, its entry in the U.S. Army Future Attack and Reconnaissance Aircraft (FARA) competition.
For the competitive prototype demonstration phase of the program, Triumph System & Support’s Fluid Power & Actuation operating company will supply hydraulic pump and reservoir assemblies to Bell 360 Invictus based on technologies and designs developed for the Bell 525 Relentless civilian medium-lift helicopter.
“We are excited to supply hydraulic products for Bell’s offering for the FARA program,” said William Kircher, Executive Vice President of Triumph Systems & Support. “Our ability to apply previously developed designs and technology will minimize technical and schedule risks for the program and supports Bell’s efforts to meet the U.S. Army’s mandatory execution and funding profile requirements for the FARA award.”
Triumph Fluid Power & Actuation based out of Clemmons, North Carolina developed the integrated hydraulic pump and reservoir for the Bell 525 Relentless and remains a sole supplier for the program.
Bell 360 Invictus and Lockheed Martin Sikorsky’s Raider X compound coaxial helicopter were recently selected to compete for the U.S. Army’s Future Attack Reconnaissance Aircraft (FARA) program. The FARA program was initiated by the U.S. Army in 2018 to develop a successor to the Bell OH-58 Kiowa armed scout helicopter as part of the larger Future Vertical Lift (FVL) program.
Bell 360 Invictus
In October 2019, Bell Textron Inc. announced a new rotorcraft, Bell 360 Invictus, as the company’s entrant for the U.S. Army’s FARA Competitive Prototype program.
Bell’s offering has a typical helicopter configuration with a single main rotor and a Fenestron (ducted tail rotor). Invictus’ rotor system design is based on the rotor system of Bell 525 Relentless helicopter, which has been tested and proven at speeds in excess of 200 Knots True Air Speed (KTAS). The 360 Invictus has wings which will reduce rotor lift demand in forward flight, enabling high-speed maneuverability.
The helicopter’s main engine will be a single General Electric T901 turboshaft engine, with supplemental power from a Pratt & Whitney PW207D1 turboshaft engine.
Bell has announced a teaming agreement with Collins Aerospace Systems, a unit of United Technologies Corp. (UTC), for the FARA competitive prototype program. As the mission systems integrator, Collins Aerospace will deliver a new generation of avionics hardware and software featuring cyber-hardened and digital backbone solutions to the prototype.
According to the company, the Bell 360 Invictus meets or exceeds all requirements as laid out under the FARA contract.