Louisiana State Police to buy two Bell 407GXis


Two new Bell 407GXi helicopters are to join the Louisiana State Police service.

Louisiana State Police has signed purchase agreements for two Bell 407GXi helicopters.

The service’s Air Support Unit provides aerial support to local, state and federal law enforcement agencies within Louisiana. The unit will use their new Bell 407GXis to expand  public safety missions.

The new aircraft will join the Air Support Unit’s fleet, which includes: a Bell 407GXP, two Bell 430s, one Bell 206L-IV Long Ranger and a Bell 206B-III Jet Ranger. All aircraft are configured with Night Vision Goggles (NVG), Forward Looking Infrared (FLIR) cameras, and Trakka Beam and Night Sun searchlights.

“Bell is honoured the Louisiana State Police has chosen the Bell 407GXi to grow its public safety mission capabilities,” said Lane Evans, MD, North America, Bell. “With its upgraded avionics and customisable cabin space, the Bell 407GXi continues to advance public safety agencies throughout the world.”

More than 1,500 Bell 407s operate throughout the world with over 6m total fleet flight hours. The Bell 407GXi cruises at 133 kts (246 km/h). Its Garmin G1000H, NXi Flight Deck is said to enhance situational awareness and reduce pilot workload by delivering at a glance information.