Photo courtesy of the Canadian Coast Guard
The Canadian Coast Guard has taken delivery of two new Bell Helicopter 412s, the Canadian Ministry of Fisheries and Oceans said Dec. 7. The order of seven aircraft in total is to replace five Bell 212s currently in service as part of the Canadian Coast Guard Fleet Renewal Plan. With the renewal plan, up to 24 helicopters could be procured.
The new helicopters are designated to support the Oceans Protection Plan in reconnaissance, transport and other environmental safety and response operations. Bell 206Ls and Messerschmitt-Bolkow-Blohm Bo 105CBSs are also in service with the Coast Guard.
In its most recent edition, the Bell 412EP can be used for a variety of civil missions. It can seat up to 14 passengers and has a useful load of 5,100 lb.