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GEC AVIONICS AND BELL HELICOPTER TEAM FOR THE BRITISH ARMY FUTURE ATTACK HELICOPTER, THE 'COBRA VENOM'

 GEC AVIONICS AND BELL HELICOPTER TEAM FOR THE BRITISH ARMY FUTURE
 ATTACK HELICOPTER, THE 'COBRA VENOM'
 FORT WORTH, Texas, May 6 /PRNewswire/ -- GEC-Marconi is teaming with Bell Helicopter Textron of Fort Worth, Texas to offer the new "Cobra Venom" helicopter for the British Army's future attack helicopter requirement. GEC Avionics Limited, part of GEC-Marconi, will lead this project.
 GEC-Marconi and Bell made the announcement today at a joint press conference in London hosted by Brian Tucker, managing director of GEC Avionics and Peter Parsinen, senior vice president of Bell Helicopter.
 Brian Tucker commented, "We are delighted to be working once again so closely with Bell Helicopter on this very exciting program. The "Cobra Venom" brings together advanced technologies developed by two world leaders in their fields and provides the solution to current attack helicopter requirements. The new helicopter combines the unrivalled proven performance and reliability of the AH-1W SuperCobra airframe with the latest in integrated sensors, displays and control systems to offer day and night operational capability and dramatically improved weapon delivery accuracy, both air to air and air to ground."
 The "Cobra Venom" cockpit will incorporate helmet displays including night vision goggles, integrated with new sensors to give 24 hour, all-weather operation with accurate long range weapon delivery.
 Autonomous navigation systems, linked to a defensive aids system will allow safe and consistent low level operations while the incorporation of the latest control and display technologies will radically reduce crew workload even in the most demanding environments.
 Parsinen, stated: "I am convinced the stout reliability of the AH-1W paired with GEC's advanced technology will create a synergy that will provide the UK with a truly extraordinary attack helicopter."
 Technical Notes
 The Avionics
 The "Cobra Venom" cockpit will incorporate many new technologies designed to reduce pilot workload and improve performance. These include: color multi-function flat panel displays; integrated night vision helmets, including night vision capability and head trackers; plus a combined tactical situation and digital map display.
 The Airframe
 The SuperCobra is not only the most versatile but also the most operationally reliable attack helicopter in the world. Throughout Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm 50 AH-1W helicopters operated for an average of 30.1 hours per month with 92 percent full mission capability. During the ground war many SuperCobras flew upwards of 13 hours a day in sustained operations and were credited with outstanding g producer of rotary winged aircraft. Over the past 46 years Bell has built more than 32,000 helicopters.
 With its advanced technology design engineering and high quality manufacturing, Bell aircraft are acknowledged as the most reliable helicopters in the world, in use in over 100 nations and accumulating fleet time at the rate of 10 flight hours every minute of the day.
 GEC Avionics
 GEC Avionics is Europe's leading exporter of avionic systems and is the world leader in the design and production of systems such as pilots' head up displays, air data computers and fly-by-wire flight control systems.
 GEC Avionics has developed and supplied systems for many of the worlds current operational fixed and rotary wing aircraft including the Tornado, Sea King, Lynx, Jaguar, F-16, AMX, A-129 and Harrier. Future military aircraft which will carry GEC Avionics systems include the EH101 Merlin, the F-22 Advanced Tactical Fighter and the EFA.
 GEC Marconi
 GEC Avionics is one of over 25 companies in the GEC-Marconi group. GEC Avionics' sister companies in the group involved in helicopter avionic systems are:
 -- Marconi Defence Systems - A world leader and prime contractor in defensive aids and GPS navigation systems.
 -- GEC-Marconi Dynamics - major supplier and prime contractor for weapon systems, in particular air to ground missiles.
 -- GEC Sensors, a leading supplier of airborne IR imaging systems and communications.
 -- GEC-Marconi Electronic Systems Corporation, a leader in helicopter navigation systems.
 These companies already provide the majority of avionic systems on programs such as the Tornado and European Fighter Aircraft.
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 /CONTACT: Bob Leder of Bell Helicopter Textron, 817-280-8415/ CO: GEC Avionics Limited; Bell Helicopter Textron ST: Texas IN: ARO SU:


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