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Argentine Air Force inducts new Bell 412EP utility helicopters

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World Defense & Security News - Argentina
 
 
Argentine Air Force inducts new Bell 412EP utility helicopters
 
The Argentine Air Force (FAA) yesterday took delivery of four new Bell 412EP utility helicopters, the US-based rotorcraft manufacturer Bell Helicopter said on Twitter. The Government of Argentina will use these aircraft for search-and-rescue operations; humanitarian assistance and disaster relief; peacekeeping support; scientific operations in the Antarctic; and other missions.
     
Argentine Air Force inducts new Bell 412EP utility helicopters 640 001One of the four Bell 412EP recently delivered to Argentina
(Credit: Bell Helicopter)
     
This is an important milestone for Bell Helicopter, and we are proud to deliver four Bell 412EPs to improve the safety and security of Argentinean citizens,” said Jay Ortiz, vice president, Latin America. “The Bell 412 is known for its reliable performance under the most extreme circumstances and is the choice aircraft to support the missions of the Government of Argentina.


The $80 mn proposal for the four Bell 412EPs was submitted by the Government of Argentina and approved by the US State Department in 2015. The FAA already flies some Bell 412 and Bell 212 utility aircraft.

The Bell 412EP possesses a dual digital automatic flight-control system with available IFR option and Category A/JAR OPS 3 capability, which provides greater control and improved situational awareness.

With a cruise speed of 122 knots (140 miles per hour), a range of 357 nautical miles, and an expansive cabin easily accommodating 13 passengers and two crew members, the Bell 412EP is capable of fitting multiple mission criteria.