Two of Three Bell 429s Delivered to the Jamaica Defence Force
FORT WORTH, TX, the USA (BulgarianMilitary.com), 20 August 2018, Editor: Galina Zdravkova, Photo credit: Bell Helicopter
On 13th August 2018, the Textron Inc. company, Bell Helicopter, revealed the delivery of two Bell 429 helicopters to the Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) and in 2019 the JDF will expect a delivery of a third Bell 429, learned BulgarianMilitary.com
The intention is the three Bell 429s to be used in various missions such as medical evacuations, search and rescue, natural disaster relief, and national security and military training.
Jay Ortiz, senior vice president, Commercial Business – Americas, commented, “We are proud to celebrate today’s delivery and strengthen our rich history with the JDF. The Bell 429 is the most technologically advanced aircraft in its class and these modern platforms will provide the JDF with enhanced mission capabilities well into the future.”
The helicopter operations of the JDF, started with two Bell 47Gs, date back to 1963. The JDF active fleet involves four Bell 407s, two Bell 206s, and two Bell 412s.
The JDF’s Colonel Adjutant Quartermaster and a former Commanding Officer of the JDF Air Wing Colonel Roderick Williams said, “Over the years, our mission has evolved resulting in the need to acquire the Bell 429 to more effectively meet the demands of our mission profiles and further prove our rotary wing capability. The Bell 429 offers excellent performance and advanced avionics with outstanding maintainability and aircraft readiness for multi-mission operations.”
The multipurpose utility helicopter Bell 429 offers an extremely smooth and quiet ride, as well as a comfortable large cabin. The advanced capabilities of the light, twin-engine Bell 429 helicopter include single-pilot IFR, Runway Category A operations, and an integrated avionics glass cockpit. The balance between rigidity and flexibility, safety and durability is achieved through the use of metallic and composite parts in the construction of the aircraft operated as of July 2018 in 42 countries, including Australia, France, Indonesia, Kuwait, Oman, Slovakia, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, Turkey, the United States and the United Kingdom
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