Canada has ordered seven Bell 412EPI helicopters for the Canadian Coast Guard, Bell Helicopter announced on 10 April. The choppers will support the CCG’s maritime security and fisheries activities and will contribute to the safety, accessibility, sustainability and security of Canadian waters. Meanwhile, the first of 15 Bell 429’s ordered in May 2014, was delivered late last March.
The contract has a value of approximately CAN $155 million and was awarded to Bell Helicopter within the context of the Canadian Coast Guard’s Fleet Renewal Plan. The first aircraft is expected to be delivered in June 2016, with one helicopter expected to be delivered every three months thereafter.
The coast guard will utilize the flexibility of the Bell 412EPI to support the non-military activities of multiple government departments and agencies, including the Department of National Defense, Fisheries and Oceans Canada, and Environment Canada. The aircraft will operate in all areas of Canada, including both coastal regions, inland waters such as the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Seaway, and Canada’s expansive Arctic areas.
This contract for Bell 412’s follows a CCG contract announced in May 2014 for 15 Bell 429s. Bell Helicopter delivered the first of those last month.
Source: Bell Helicopters
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