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Acquisition, Procurement Highlights: Jan. 14-20

By S.L. Fuller | January 20, 2017
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Bell 407 GXP Unveiled after Delivery

Photo courtesy of Bell Helicopter

Bell Helicopter Delivers 407GXP to Nepal for First Time

Nepal has received its first Bell Helicopter 407GXP, the manufacturer said Jan. 16. Delivered to Simrik Air, the helicopter is designed for multiple roles, including tourism, and search and rescue. This comes after Bell completed a demonstration tour with the aircraft in Nepal last November, which included a climb to an altitude of 20,000 feet.


Based on the Bell 407GX platform, the GXP has an additional 50 pounds of payload capability, a transmission time between overhaul (TBO) and an M250 Rolls-Royce engine. It also carries new avionics features, like a hover performance calculator.

Russian Helicopters Signs With Pakistan, Russian National Guard

Pakistan is set to receive a Russian Helicopters Mi-171, said the manufacturer Jan. 16. The helicopter is planned for delivery in the first half of this year. It is to take on multiple roles with the government of Balochistan, including passenger and freight transport, sanitation operations, patrolling and emergency response.

A batch of three Russian Helicopters Mi-8AMTShs is planned for delivery to the Russian National Guard. This announcement from Thursday marks the first helicopter contract for the new National Guard, which President Vladimir Putin began last April. The helicopters are to be used by air support units in Rosgvardii for public safety, security, counterterrorism and border patrol missions.

More than 12,000 Russian Helicopters Mi-17 family members have been produced to date. The twin-engine helicopters have operated in more than 100 countries and have accrued some 100 million flight hours. The Russian Helicopters Mi-8AMTSh can carry up to 36 troops and up to some 8,818 pounds of cargo inside the fuselage or via external sling. It is equipped with modern navigation and communication systems, as well as night vision goggle (NVG) capabilities.

Robinson Helicopter Co. Signs With University of North Dakota

The University of North Dakota received a Robinson R44 Cadet Trainer last week, Robinson Helicopter Co. said Jan. 18. It is the university’s first Robinson Cadet set for use in in its flight training program. The University of North Dakota’s program is the largest civilian flight training operation in the world, Robinson said, with three campuses and more than 150 aircraft and flight training devices (FTD).

This R44 is configured for visual flight rules (VFR) and instrument flight rules (IFR) training, featuring a Garmin G500H flight display, a GTN 750 navigator, a GTX 345 transponder and a GMA 350Hc audio panel. The university said it expects it will purchase more Robinson Cadets for its training program.



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