Magellan Aerospace announces agreement with Bell
March 9, 2011, Winnipeg - Magellan Aerospace announced Tuesday a new agreement with Bell Helicopter for a Wire Strike Protection System (WSPS®) kit development. The helicopter to be fitted with WSPS will be the Bell UH-1Y.
By Carey Fredericks
The design and production of the WSPS will be carried out at Magellan's Bristol Aerospace operating division in Winnipeg, Manitoba, for delivery of the prototype kits in 2011.
Bristol is the global expert for this unique system, offering a proven design and acknowledged technological expertise. In January of this year, the company also announced a new agreement with Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL), headquartered in Bangalore, India for the design and development of a new WSPS kit for the HAL Advanced Light Helicopter (ALH).
Bell Helicopters is a long time customer and supporter of WSPS. Bristol's initial WSPS development and testing was for the Bell CH-136 Kiowa in 1977. Bristol has previously adapted the design to several variants of Bell's UH-1 helicopters.
Mr. Don Boitson, Vice President and General Manger, Bristol Aerospace, commented, "Our WSPS continues to lead the way with helicopter OEMs, and we are proud of our long-lasting and ongoing relationship with Bell Helicopter."