Bell received its first global order for the Subaru Bell 412EPX, an enhancement of the 412 jointly developed by the two companies as a platform for the Japanese Ministry of Defense’s (JMOD) New Utility Helicopter program.
The order, placed by the Japan National Police Agency, follows the delivery of a prototype to JMOD for testing in February.
“We are honored that SUBARU received the world’s first order for the SUBARU BELL 412EPX by the Japanese National Police Agency,” said Shoichiro Tozuka, corporate senior vice president of Subaru Corporation. “We thank BELL for its great cooperation and, together, we are committed to delivering the highest quality SUBARU BELL 412EPX to the National Police Agency.”
The enhanced Subaru Bell 412EPX has a more robust main rotor gearbox dry run capability, increased internal maximum gross weight 11 percent more mast torque output at speeds below 60 knots, according to Bell, providing operators greater efficiency transporting supplies.
Bell also landed an order for two single-engine 407GXis from Shin-Nihon Helicopters, which will be come the first operator of that model in Japan upon delivery. Shin-Nihon will use them primarily to perform power-line patrol missions for electric companies, as well as aerial survey and photographing services. The company has been operating Bell models for more than 50 years.