Bell Helicopter Textron has been awarded a modification to foreign military sales (Argentina) contract for procurement and delivery of four Bell 412EP helicopters and training for the Argentine Air Force.
The firm-fixed-price contract modification, worth around $27 million, was awarded by the U.S. Army Contracting Command (ACC) located at Red Stone Arsenal, Alabama. Fiscal 2017 foreign military sales (FMS) funds for the amount were obligated at the time of the award.
Work will be performed in Fort Worth, Texas, with an estimated completion date of June 20, 2018.
Bell 412 is a twin-engine utility helicopter of the Huey family manufactured by Bell Helicopter. It is a development of the Bell 212, with the major difference being the composite four-blade main rotor.
The current production version, Bell 412EP (Enhanced Performance), is equipped with a dual digital automatic flight control system.
The Bell 412EP helicopter is powered by Pratt & Whitney PT6T-3D Twin Pac engines, which have a takeoff rating of 1,800shp.
The Bell 412EP helicopter features all-composite four-blade main rotor system, two-blade tail rotor, skid-type landing gear, semi-monocoque tail boom, and aluminium alloy fuselage. It can execute missions both during day and at night.
The helicopter is equipped with a variety of safety features including: proven reliable engines, transmission with chip detection and debris collection, superb autorotation, rollover bulkheads, new rupture-resistant fuel cell and jettisonable crew doors. Optional additions that further enhance the Bell 412EP’s safety include, wire strike protection system, vibration monitor system, and self-sealing fuel cells.