Bell Wins $173M Sub-contract for RESET of USMC Helicopters
Bell Helicopter subsidiary Bell Aerospace Services Inc. (BellAero), just announced a multi-year sub-contract worth up to $173 million from PKL Services Inc of Poway, CA. The PKL, BellAero, and JK Hill team will provide selected organizational-level RESET maintenance for the USMC’s Lot 3 (AH-1W Cobra attack, UH-1N utility, and CH-53D/E heavy transport) and Lot 4 (very aged CH-46E transport) helicopters at multiple locations around the world.
As is customary for these sorts of RESET programs, The USMC’s helicopter project involves a combination of inspection, cleaning, corrosion treatment, servicing, full disassembly and reassembly, repair and select mandatory replacement of parts.
In 2005, Bell acquired US helicopter, one of the world’s top centers for maintenance and modification of H-1 Huey helicopters. BellAero currently runs a number of turnkey support projects for various branches of the US military, but this is their first contracted opportunity to support Boeing (CH-46) and Sikorsky (CH-53) platforms, in addition to Bell Helicopters’ own machines. Bell Textron release.