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The U.S. 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 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 percent 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.