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Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company (NYSE: TXT), announced today a long-term contract with the global leader in satellite navigation, Garmin International Inc., a unit of Garmin Ltd. (NASDAQ: GRMN), to provide the G1000H Integrated Avionics Suite for Bell Helicopter's new short light single (SLS) aircraft. The all-glass avionics system digitally presents critical flight information to the pilot via high-resolution LCD displays and reduces overall pilot workload.
"Our customers are demanding the state-of-the-art Garmin G1000H, and we are excited to bring the system's proven capabilities to our new SLS helicopter," said Danny Maldonado, Bell Helicopter's executive vice president of Commercial Sales and Marketing. "When we first began development of the new aircraft, we wanted to improve situational awareness for pilots with an advanced glass cockpit that would be the first of its kind in the short light single class. After considering both our own experience and customer feedback, we believe Garmin's is the perfect solution to deliver on this promise."