Bell Offers Glass and Guns on New 407 Models

 - March 6, 2011, 9:25 AM

Bell Helicopter today unveiled two new versions of its 407 single at Heli-Expo–the 407GX and 407AH. The 407GX includes the just-announced Garmin G1000H glass cockpit that features a pair of 10.4-inch LCD displays, HTaws, TCAS and synthetic vision. The G1000H system also has the ability to monitor system parameters, and its large screens can also display forward-looking infrared and camera images. Bell anticipates the G1000H system will be certified and available to customers in the third quarter of this year. The price of the 407GX will be $2.795 million, a $150,000 increase over the current 407. Meanwhile, the 407AH is a $5 million commercially available armed helicopter developed primarily for the export market. It will be available to qualified customers directly from Bell, as opposed to via contracts from the U.S. Defense or State Department. The 407AH comes equipped with a “baseline” law enforcement package–a Dillon 7.62mm M134T minigun and the M260 2.75-inch seven-shot rocket-launching system–that can be customized for multiple weapon configurations through Bell’s Piney Flats, Tenn. facility. Available options include chaff/flare controller for countermeasures, sliding rear doors, cargo hook and crew seat armor. The AH comes standard with the Garmin G500H glass cockpit system, bulged skylights kit, inlet-barrier filter and wire-strike protection system.