Bell Helicopter will use the facility to assemble its newest commercial helicopter, the Bell 505 Jet Ranger XTM.
The new 7,645m2 hangar facility will be built on a 5.9ha site. Bell Helicopter will lease the state of Louisiana-funded facility from Lafayette Regional Airport.
The project is scheduled for completion by June 2015. Assembly operations are expected to start by 2016 following certification of the facility and the aircraft.
“KBR is pleased to have the opportunity to serve Bell Helicopter as the company moves toward production and delivery of its eagerly awaited Bell 505 aircraft,” said Stuart Bradie, KBR president and chief executive officer. ”KBR Building Group has completed a number of advanced manufacturing facilities for the aerospace sector, and we look forward to delivering another successful project.”