Bell Installs T901 Improved Turbine Engine in Invictus prototype

Bell Installs T901 Improved Turbine Engine in Invictus prototype

21-Nov-2023 Source: Bell

The Army recently delivered the T901 Improved Turbine Engine to Bell Textron Inc’s Flight Research Center in Arlington, Texas, signaling the start of the next stage in its Future Attack and Reconnaissance Aircraft (FARA) competition.

With the engine in hand, the Bell team has hit the ground running and have installed it on the Bell 360 Invictus competitive prototype. Since beginning the build in late 2020, Bell and Team Invictus have made great progress and had completed 96% of the competitive prototype by early 2023. Now that the engine has been received and installed, the team is moving closer to first flight later next year.

As Bell prepares for flight tests, the T901 engine, also a new development program, is still progressing through developmental testing with GE for the Army and has an expected clearance for flight in 2024.

The engine installation marks a key milestone for the Bell 360 Invictus. With an eye toward first flight, Bell and Team Invictus are ready to demonstrate how the Bell 360 can transform the Army’s reconnaissance mission with more speed, reach, and lethality.

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