Bell Helicopter, a division of Textron, has delivered four Bell 412EP twin-engine utility helicopters to Argentina, the company announced.
Argentine Air Force will use the aircraft for search-and-rescue (SAR) operations; humanitarian assistance and disaster relief (HADR), peacekeeping support and scientific operations in the Antarctic.
The sale of four Bell 412EPs was approved by the U.S. State Department in 2015 following a request by the Government of Argentina for the same.
Bell was also recently awarded a modification, worth around $27 million, against the foreign military sales (FMS) contract for the supply of four helicopters, with an estimated completion date of June 20, 2018.
We delivered four #Bell412EP helicopters to Argentina!
The Gov. of Argentina will use these aircraft’s for:
?search & rescue operations
?scientific operations in Antarctica pic.twitter.com/ym8AVF3Uie
— Bell Helicopter (@BellHelicopter) December 11, 2017
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.