Bell Helicopter provides three helicopters


Bell Helicopter has announced that it was awarded a new contract by Raytheon Australia to provide three Bell 429s for the Royal Australian Navy’s Retention and Motivation Initiative.

The Retention and Motivation Initiative provides the Royal Australian Navy with supported aircraft to allow junior qualified aircrew to consolidate and enhance their skills prior to flying operational helicopters. Under the terms of this four-year contract, these three Bell 429s will replace currently operated helicopters in the fleet and fly a minimum of 1,500 flight hours per year.

“We are pleased by the Royal Australian Navy’s enthusiasm for the Bell 429, and we are looking forward to working with Raytheon Australia in supporting the Royal Australian Navy’s Retention and Motivation Initiative,” said Sameer Rehman, Bell Helicopter’s managing director for the Asia Pacific region.

“The Bell 429 is a perfect fit for the development of pilot and crew skills to make the transition to fleet aircraft. Its modern avionics, cabin size and speed will serve the Royal Australian Navy and Raytheon Australia
well in this role. Not to mention the Bell 429 is backed by Bell Helicopter’s industry-leading customer support and service,” he added.


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