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Irvine, California, USA –– Meggitt Sensing Systems was selected by Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc company, to provide gearbox oil level and chip detection monitoring systems for the new 525 Relentless commercial super-medium helicopter. Meggitt estimates that the agreements will generate gross sales of more than $30 million over the production life of this helicopter, including original equipment, spares and repairs.

The automated lubrication monitoring package for the Bell 525 Relentless marks the first application of Meggitt’s advanced fluid gauging system to monitor aircraft gearbox oil levels.  The company’s patented level detection technology, developed and proven in fuel level gauging applications, has been re-engineered for oil level gauging. Compared to traditional pre-flight sight-glass (manual) checks of oil level, the new technology will save aircraft operators time and reduce the potential for human error. Trending oil level data over the life of the aircraft and monitoring oil for unwanted debris with the Auto-Fault® chip detection system will provide operators with information about the health of the aircraft, enabling higher utilization and availability.

 

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For further information contact:
Richard Cashin, Investor Relations, Tel: +44 (0)1202 597597
Fiona Greig, Corporate Communications, Tel: +44 (0)1202 597587

Meggitt Sensing Systems, a division of Meggitt PLC, is one of the world’s leading providers of high performance sensing and condition-monitoring systems for physical parameter measurements in extreme environments, high value rotating machinery and other assets.   It has operated since 1927 through its antecedents — ECET, Endevco, Ferroperm Piezoceramics, Lodge Ignition, Sensorex, Vibro-Meter and Wilcoxon Research.www.meggittsensingsystems.com
Meggitt PLC Headquartered in the United Kingdom, Meggitt PLC is an international group operating in North America, Europe and Asia. Known for its specialised extreme environment engineering, Meggitt is a world leader in aerospace, defence and energy. Meggitt employs nearly 11,000 people at more than 60 manufacturing facilities and regional offices worldwide. www.meggitt.com