Astronics to supply power distribution system on Bell 525 Relentless helicopter

4 December 2013

Astronics Corp. (NASDAQ: ATRO) said its subsidiary, Astronics Advanced Electronic Systems Corp., will be supplying Bell Helicopter with the secondary electronic power distribution system for the new Bell 525 Relentless.

Astronics designs and builds modern electrical distribution systems, which safely and efficiently manage aircraft power. The secondary EPDS selected by Bell Helicopter employs Astronics´ electronic circuit breaker units. These units, with solid state circuit breakers, are smaller and lighter than their conventional counterparts and can also be conveniently located throughout the aircraft. This placement creates a more evenly distributed system, thereby reducing wire weight. This is the third announced aircraft of five current programs for which Astronics has been selected to provide its EPDS products.

The new Bell 525 Relentless is the first commercial helicopter to define the super-medium product class by combining best-in-class performance characteristics and passenger amenities while integrating step-change technology throughout the aircraft.

Astronics is a leader in advanced, high-performance lighting, electrical power and automated test systems for the global aerospace and defense industries. For more information on Astronics and its products, visit its Web site at www.Astronics.com.

Bell Helicopter, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) , is a producer of commercial and military, manned and unmanned vertical-lift aircraft and the pioneer of the revolutionary tiltrotor aircraft. More information is available at www.bh.com.

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