Bell is quietly hoping for a Malaysian and or Asian order for the newest version of its legendary Huey helicopter. At 13 March 2014, only three days before the start of the LIMA 2015 Exhibitions, the American helicopter manufacturer decided to put its UH-1Y Venom plus the civilian Bell 429 WLG on the static display in Langkawi, Malaysia, during the duration of the show from 17 to 21 March.
The UH-1Y is being promoted in an official partnership of Bell with the US Marine Corps (USMC), which the letter just having finished a bilateral exercise with the Malaysian Armed Forces. Compared to the “old” Huey the new Yankee version features upgrades such as Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (ISR) extensions, newer options for targeting and precise fire and better lift.
Within the USMC the Bell UH-1Y operates often in tandem with the Bell AH-1Z Viper – the latest version of the older Cobra attack helicopter. With 85 percent of the parts of both choppers being common, Bell has provided the Marines with lower logistical costs and an easier supply chain. Malaysia is currently looking for an attack helicopter – with both the AH-1Z as well as the Turkish T-129 ATAK as a possible candidates.
Bell 429 WLG
Also at the LIMA Exhibitions’ static is the Bell 429 WLG, a light twin-engine helicopter featuring retractable wheeled landing gear, a fully integrated “glass” cockpit, advanced drive system and WAAS navigation and Instrument Flight Rules (IFR) capability certified for single or dual pilot operations. Additional safety features include a collective mounted throttle, damage tolerant hub and rotor system, and energy attenuating seats. After the LIMA the Bell 429 WLG will go on a demonstration tour that will also cover Singapore, Indonesia, Thailand and Bangladesh.
2015 Airheadsfly.com editor Marcel Burger
Featured image: A US Marines UH-1Y Venom in action (Image © Bell Helicopter)