Bell Helicopter recently delivered seven of an order for 15 Bell 429s light twin-engine helicopters to the Turkish National Police. The helicopters were accepted during September and October by the police, which immediately started operating them for surveillance, personnel transport and air support of ground operations. Each aircraft is equipped with multi-sensor cameras and microwave downlink.
Deliveries have so far taken place on or ahead of schedule, Bell said. The remaining handovers are planned for next year. Turkish authorities placed the order last year after a two-year evaluation.
The North America-based manufacturer is here (Static A48) exhibiting the recently unveiled Bell 429WLG, which features a wheeled landing gear, and the Bell 412EPI medium twin. In military products, the Bell AH-1Z and Bell UH-1Y–here for their Dubai Airshow debuts–and the Bell 407GT and Bell Boeing V-22 Osprey are on display. Bell also promised to give updates on the Bell 525 Relentless and SLS programs, in the super-medium twin and light single categories respectively.