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Bell to Develop Maintenance Monitors for Army

By Staff Writer | November 30, 2007

The U.S. Army has picked a team led by Bell Helicopter for a three-year contract to develop a new generation of diagnostic, prognostic, and system-health assessment technologies for aircraft. The contract covers a 50/50 cost-sharing agreement with the Army's Aviation Applied Technology Directorate. Bell's risk-sharing partners are Honeywell and Goodrich. Their goal is to develop a suite of onboard monitoring and analysis tools that will help the Army move from hard-time maintenance schedules for its helicopters to ones based on the actual and projected condition of the aircraft and their components. The contract supports the Army's Operational Support and Sustainment Technology initiative.

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