Bell Agusta Aerospace Company


Bell Agusta Aerospace Company (BAAC) was a joint venture formed in 1998 by Bell Helicopter and Agusta (now AgustaWestland), who collaborated on a variety of products dating back to 1952. The joint venture was dissolved in 2011, when AgustaWestland took full ownership of the project, renaming it as the AgustaWestland Tilt-Rotor Company (AWTRC).

Bell Agusta Aerospace Company
SuccessorAgustaWestland Tilt-Rotor Company
ParentBell Helicopter and AgustaWestland


Bell Helicopter has had a close association with AgustaWestland. The partnership dates back to separate manufacturing and technology agreements with Agusta (Bell 47 and Bell 206) and as a sublicense via Agusta with Westland (Bell 47).[1] When the two European firms merged, the partnerships were retained, with the exception of the AB139, which is now known as the AW139.

In June 2011, AgustaWestland took full ownership of the BA609 tiltrotor program. Bell Agusta Aerospace Company (BAAC) was renamed as the AgustaWestland Tilt-Rotor Company (AWTRC),[2] and will remain a US company being the new type certificate applicant to FAA. The new company is wholly owned by AgustaWestland and the BA609 tiltrotor has been rebranded as the AW609.[3]


Bell-Augusta BA-609 in helicopter mode (2007 Paris airshow)

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Westland - Part 4
  2. ^ AW609 Tiltrotor Programme Update Archived May 18, 2014, at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ AgustaWestland Takes Full Ownership of The BA609 Programme | AgustaWestland Archived June 27, 2011, at the Wayback Machine

External linksEdit

  • Official site