Bell Helicopter has acquired the maintenance and overhaul assets of US Helicopter, a privately-held company providing depot-level maintenance and upgrade installations for a variety of Bell's government products. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

"This acquisition is a natural fit with Bell's strategy to further advance our after-market service and support offerings, particularly in critical growth areas such as military and homeland security," says Bell chief executive Mike Redenbaugh.


"We plan to use the well-established capabilities at US Helicopter to expand our service to our government customers and to support our proposed offerings for the US

Army's Light Utility Helicopter (LUH) and Armed Reconnaissance Helicopter (ARH) programmes."

US Helicopter assets will be integrated into Bell Helicopter's government support affiliate, Bell Aerospace Services, which provides logistics and maintenance services for customers.

"The US Helicopter workforce brings vast military helicopter servicing expertise, primarily in the areas of Huey maintenance and Huey II conversion services for the US Army," says Mike Prieto, president of Bell Aerospace Services.

Source: Flight Daily News