How To Become a Supplier

Bell Helicopter is a fully-owned subsidiary of Textron, Inc. With revenues exceeding $13 billion, operating in and serving a diverse and global customer base, Textron is one of the world’s best known multi-industry companies.

Bell Helicopter promotes the utilization for all diverse suppliers in our procurement process, including but not limited to those in categories of Small Business (SB), Small Disadvantage Business (SDB), Woman Owned Small Business (WOSB), Veteran-Owned Small Business (VOSB), Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business (SD/VOSB), and Historically Underutilized Business Zone Small Business Concerns (HUBZone SB).

If you are not sure of your company’s size and status, research on government web sites, and the government’s System for Award Management

To register as a potential supplier with Bell Helicopter please select link below:

  • Do not provide proprietary or confidential information
  • Send small size attachments our system filters large size messages
  • Bell prefers to have an “elevator speech” summary of capabilities in the body of the email

The minimum requirements to become a Bell Helicopter supplier are:

  • ISO 9001:2008
  • For Supplier Part Numbered Item Sources:
    • Compliance to AS9100 Quality Management System (reference Bell T’s and C’s; Clause 10)
  • For Distributors:
    • Compliance to AS9120 Quality Management System (reference AS9100 and applicable QPS 200 requirements)
  • For Repair/Overhaul Service Providers:
    • Compliance to AS9110 Quality Management System (reference AS9100 and applicable QPS 200 requirements)

Performing on Newly Awarded Government Contracts:

Bell anticipates being awarded new government contracts as part of the contract bid process. Therefore, new contract awards will turn on work from supplier who supported the bid process in partnership with Bell, as planned with the schedule for the contract.

Special Instructions or Special Opportunities:

  • Bell relies heavily on long-term agreements and opportunities may not exist for 5 years. Most opportunities to quote in a competitive bid are by invitation.
  • Bell Helicopter is not a government agency, and has no requirements for 8(a) program participation; however, Bell recognizes SDB that is inclusive of 8(a) program participants.
  • Bell does not “set aside” opportunities for Small Business concerns. For competitive procurements buying agents are encouraged to invite Bell qualified Small Business Concerns.

Bearings Offload
Bonding Perishable Tools - as applicable
Castings Plastics
Composites Processing / Lab / NDT / Testing
Development Raw Material
Electrical / Electronics Repairs
Engine / Xsmn / Gear Rubber
Fabrication / Sheet metal Specification / Source Control
Forgings Standard Vendor Hardware
Ground Support Equipment - as applicable Support Equipment Spares (Build to Print) - as applicable
Instruments / Avionics Tooling
Machining Upholstery / Fabrics
AC Customizing Miscellaneous Spares and Material for Structural Repair
Advertising Office Services & Supplies
Aircraft Components for Repair / OH Open / Miscellaneous
Building Construction / Renovation Perishable Tools - as applicable
Computer Equipment & Access Recruiting
Delivery Center Repair Safety Supplies
Engraving Lab Suppliers Security Supplies
Facilities Maintenance & Shop Supplies Shipping & Packaging Supplies
Factory Equipment Simulation Equipment
Factory Supplies Staffing / Temp Services (Field Support)
Flight Test Equipment Contract Maintenance for Aircraft Maintenance
Furniture Support Equipment Spares (Build to Print) - as applicable
Garage, Auto Fleet & Fuel Technical Publications
Ground Support Equipment - as applicable Training
Labor Contracts Training Courses & Services
Medical Services Visual Communication Equipment & Supplies
Please contact the Textron Indirect Center of Excellence regarding supporting our non-production needs.

I have submitted my capabilities statement, now what?

Bell Helicopter takes careful consideration when bringing on a new supplier. Your capabilities statement is being reviewed to ensure that Bell has requirements that match your capabilities. Keep in mind, that Bell will not add suppliers if there are no requirements, or if there are existing Bell qualified suppliers that meet Bell’s quality, delivery, and pricing needs.

There are three Assessments that Bell use to evaluate a potential supplier: Level 1 is basic capabilities evaluation, Level 2 is a financial review, and Level 3 is an onsite quality and capacity review.

Be patient…Understand that we have hundreds of potential suppliers wanting to be new Bell Suppliers – this process takes time.

To schedule time to speak with Bell’s Supplier Diversity Office, please send request to