WICHITA, KS—Bell Textron Inc. recently held a ceremony to mark the official opening of its new manufacturing facility here. The facility will also be used for Bell engineering, supply chain and corporate services operations. Bell, a wholly owned subsidiary of Textron Inc., is headquartered in Fort Worth, Texas.
According to Bell, it invested in this facility due to the company’s selection as a finalist for two U.S. Army modernization programs earlier this year. Bell is currently producing a prototype of its 360 Invictus helicopter design for the second phase of the Army’s Future Attack and Reconnaissance Aircraft (FARA) program. The company is also competing in the Army’s Future Long-Range Assault Aircraft (FLRAA) program with its V-280 Valor tiltrotor.
“The new Bell facility in Wichita is a great addition to the Air Capital of the World and will continue Kansas’ leadership in aerospace manufacturing,” says U.S. Senator Jerry Moran, R-Kan. “I look forward to seeing Bell contribute to our strong aviation industry as a defense and commercial leader.”