Mexico Ordering Bell 412EPs

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Bell 412EP(click to view full) Bell’s 412 series helicopters represent the latest evolution of its famed “Huey” design that can be sold to civilians. Militarily, it lags behind the newer UH-1Y, which is just entering service with the USMC. The 412 family was available far earlier, however, and remains a commercial and military success. These twin-engine utility helicopters are easily identifiable by their 4-bladed composite rotors, and serve with a wide array of military, government, and civilian operators around the world. Over 700 have been produced. Bell 412EP (“enhanced performance”) helicopters are being sold to the Mexican Air Force (FAM). Mexico will use them to fight drug traffickers, gangs, and other criminal activities in its ongoing “Cartel War,” which has already claimed thousands of lives. The helicopters can also provide support to Mexico’s civilian population during natural disasters. Events related to this purchase, and background resources regarding Mexico’s situation, include… Contracts and Key Events Chilean Bell 412(click to view full) The US-Mexican Merida Initiative aid package reportedly includes 8 Bell 412EPs, to augment the 4 Bell 412s already in service with the FAM. They will join a number of twin-bladed Bell 212s, a handful of UH-60 Black Hawks, and the […]

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