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Bell Helicopter Signs Contract for Five Additional Bell 429s in
FORT WORTH, TEXAS (December 21, 2012) - Bell Helicopter, a
Textron Inc. company (NYSE: TXT), announced today that it has
signed an agreement with the Republic of Turkey Undersecretariat
for Defence Industries for the supply of five Bell 429 aircraft.
The Bell 429s will be operated by the Turkish General
Directorate of Forestry (TGDF) to protect forest resources and
coordinate firefighting operations.
“The decision to purchase Bell 429s for our mission was driven
by the requirement for a fast, reliable and technologically-advanced helicopter. These aircraft will be performing
challenging tasks, including firefighting operations, in
demanding environments; the enhanced safety margins and
exceptional speed of the 429 are critical advantages for the
TGDF operations,” said Murad Bayar, the Undersecretary of
Defence Industries for Turkey.
The TGDF will utilize the Bell 429s to survey and safeguard
their woodland resources, comprising 27% of the surface area in
Turkey. Upon delivery in early 2014, the new Bell 429s will
replace TGDF’s existing fleet of helicopters.
“Delivering customer value is the focus of Bell Helicopter and
our partnership with the Turkish General Directorate of Forestry
is yet another example,” said Danny Maldonado, Bell Helicopter’s
executive vice president of Sales and Marketing. “We are honored
with TGDF’s endorsement of the Bell 429 for their multi-mission
needs. This is an important milestone for the 429 and for Bell
Helicopter in our mission to provide quality products and
support to the European and Asian continents alike.”
The TGDF agreement follows the announcement of a contract with
Bell Helicopter and the Turkish National Police (TNP) for the
purchase of 15 Bell 429s. These aircraft, scheduled for delivery
in August 2013, will carry out a variety of law enforcement
missions from surveillance to air support of ground operations.
“Bell Helicopter is providing superb aircraft and support that
meet the needs of parapublic operators in Turkey and beyond,”
said Patrick Moulay, Bell Helicopter managing director for
Europe. “Authorities in this region need aircraft capable of
performing missions from coastal to high elevation environments
and we are dedicated to meeting those requirements.”
TGDF is part of the Republic of Turkey’s Ministry of Environment
and Forest. Their mission is to protect forest resources against
any threats or danger, to enhance forest resources in an eco-friendly manner and to achieve sustainable forest management
that benefits society while maintaining ecosystem integrity.
The Bell 429 is the world’s newest and most advanced light twin-engine helicopter. It has conducted extensive flight
demonstrations in every continent, except Antarctica, and has
been certified in more than 40 countries. With configuration
options ranging from VIP to air-medical, law enforcement,
utility and oil & gas, the Bell 429 offers superior mission
capability and adaptability.
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