Slovakia seeking Bell 429 helicopters
The Slovakian government has requested Bell 429 light utility helicopters from the US government under a foreign military sales programme. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency announced that the State Department has made a determination approving the potential sale on 28 April.
The $150 million request includes nine Bell 429s with customer-specific modifications.
The helicopters are to be fitted with Wescam MX-10 cameras, training, spare parts and logistical support, mission equipment, communication and navigation equipment.
Support equipment includes tooling and test equipment, ground support equipment, airframe and engine spare parts, technical data, publications, maintenance work order/electronic change proposals, technical assistance, repair and return, quality assurance team and transportation of aircraft.
The Slovakian defence forces will use the helicopters for homeland defence and to deter regional threats.
If the sale goes ahead, the prime contractor for the contract will be Bell Helicopter.
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