Bell 429 Selected for Royal Australian Navy Retention and Motivation Initiative Contract
Raytheon Australia orders 3 Bell 429 for Royal Australian Navy training
Bell Helicopter, September 19, 2011 - Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company , announced today 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 state-of-the-art 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.
Bell Helicopter has supported the Australian Defence Force for more than 50 years, through the sale and support of the Bell 47 Sioux, the Bell 206 Kiowa and Bell UH-1 family of helicopters – and now the Bell 429.
About Bell Helicopter: Bell Helicopter, a wholly owned subsidiary of Textron Inc., is an industry-leading producer of commercial and military, manned and unmanned vertical-lift aircraft and the pioneer of the revolutionary tiltrotor aircraft. Globally recognized for world-class customer service, innovation and superior quality, Bell's global workforce serves customers flying Bell aircraft in more than 120 countries.
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