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Bell 429 positioned for Australian SOF requirement

28th May 2020 - 22:00 GMT | by Gordon Arthur in Christchurch

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Babcock is offering the Bell 429, in conjunction with the helicopter OEM, for the Australian Army’s requirement for special operations helicopters under Project Land 2097 Phase 4.

Babcock stated on 28 May that the Bell 429 Global Ranger would be ‘customised to meet the specific requirements of Australian special forces using Babcock’s proven low-risk approach to systems integration’ for this RfT.

Originally Bell was proposing both 407 and 429 airframes, but once details were published in the tender documents, it was decided that the twin-engine 429 was a better fit.

The 429’s payload capacity and endurance are greater, plus …

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