Bell Eagle Eye Passes Critical Milestone
Program : Bell Eagle Eye Passes Critical Milestone
Worth, Texas -- (Bell
Helicopter Textron) March 8, 2004 -- The Bell Helicopter “Eagle Eye”
Vertical Take Off and Landing (VTOL) Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) passed a
critical milestone recently within the U.S. Coast Guard’s Integrated Deepwater
System program, with the highly successful completion of its Preliminary Design
Review (PDR), a required deliverable to proceed to the next stage of the
demonstrated that Eagle Eye will successfully fulfil the U. S. Coast Guard
missions. In meeting these mission requirements, the system is well within
margins for risk, performance, supportability and cost allocations.
The preliminary design of the Eagle Eye is based on the successful demonstrator
that flew over 90 hours, and achieved 200 knots in level cruise while carrying
210 pounds of payload at 7/8 the scale of the planned production version.
and especially Bell Helicopter, met this significant milestone efficiently and
with excellent results for the Coast Guard and Integrated Coast Guard Systems,”
said Gerry Moorman, President of ICGS. “This is a very important milestone
within the Deepwater program and we are pleased to be able to turn the page to
the next step needed to bring this new capability to reality.”
Helicopter is a subcontractor to Lockheed Martin, a partner in Integrated Coast
Guard Systems (ICGS), a joint venture of Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) and
Northrop Grumman (NYSE: NOC). In June 2002, the U.S. Coast Guard awarded the
Integrated Deepwater System contract to ICGS. Deepwater is a critical multi-year
program to modernize and replace
aging ships and aircraft, and improve or replace command and control and
logistics systems. ICGS announced a year ago the Bell
Eagle Eye was selected for the VUAV portion of the U.S. Coast Guard’s Integrated
Deepwater System contract.
Eagle Eye tiltrotor Tactical VTOL unmanned aerial vehicle is a quantum leap in
UAV technology. Traditionally, UAVs have been small fixed wing aircraft
requiring either a runway or netting for retrieval. Runways are normally
unavailable in the field, and netting has proven to be a very hazardous form of
UAV retrieval aboard ship often resulting in serious damage to or destruction of
the aircraft and therefore very expensive.
have the advantage of being able to takeoff and land nearly anywhere. However,
helicopter UAVs do not have the speed and range of fixed-wing UAV aircraft.
Further, small, short-coupled tail rotor aircraft may not be stable when going
through the landing experience on ships. The Bell Eagle Eye is the perfect
solution. With its rotors in the vertical position, the Bell Eagle Eye can
takeoff, hover and land like a traditional rotary wing aircraft. By tilting its
rotors to the horizontal position the Bell Eagle Eye can fly with the high speed
and range of a turbo-prop fixed wing airplane. Also, the counter rotating design
provides improved stability through the burble.
leader in Systems Integration developed the state-of-the-art, fully integrated
redundant flight control system which boasts of highly automated flight control
and built-in test software, as well as fully integrated surface mount circuitry.
tiltrotor technology, the Bell Eagle Eye System also adds the dimension of speed
flexibility to the usual UAV performance parameters. With its rotors tilted
forward it can cruise at speeds over 200 knots reducing time to get to an
operational area, find moving targets 80-110 nautical miles away in minutes and
be easily in-flight re-tasked for another mission. Alternately, it can loiter
over a target 100 nautical miles away for four hours. In the hover mode the Bell
Eagle Eye can operate from confined spaces, launch and recover automatically
from small ships.
Helicopter Textron, a subsidiary of Textron Inc., is a $2.2 billion, leading
producer of commercial and military helicopters, and the pioneer of the
revolutionary tiltrotor aircraft. Globally recognized for customer service,
innovation and superior quality, Bell's global workforce of over 7,500 employees
serves customers flying Bell aircraft in over 120 countries
is a $10 billion multi-industry company with 44,000 employees in 40 countries.
The company leverages its global network of businesses to provide customers with
innovative solutions and services in industries such as aircraft, fastening
systems, industrial products and components and finance. Textron is known around
the world for its powerful brands such as Bell Helicopter, Cessna Aircraft,
Kautex, Lycoming, E-Z-GO and Greenlee, among others.
Bob Leder, Bell Helicopter Textron, Post Office Box 482, Fort Worth, TX
76101 - (817) 280-6440