A new engine for the CH-47 Chinook will significantly increase the capabilities of the helicopter, allowing it to meet future operational needs head on.
Light utility helicopter sale to Guyana moves closer
An FMS package worth an estimated $256 million for Guyana was approved by the US State Department on 30 October.
Bell Helicopter Textron will be the prime contractor.
The deal includes two Bell 412EPI and two Bell 429 light utility helicopters, all with ‘customer-unique modifications’ according to the US Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA); two L3Harris WESCAM MX-10 multispectral imaging cameras; mission equipment; contractor-provided pilot and MRO training; ground support equipment; plus logistics, technical and programme support.
Guyana will use the enhanced capability to strengthen its homeland defence by conducting maritime patrol, surveillance and counter-narcotics operations, as well as by supporting its allies, the DSCA noted.
Shephard Defence Insight notes other export orders for the Bell 412EPI from Australia, Canada, Indonesia, Japan and Montenegro (pictured).
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