Bell Helicopter on 17 August announced the final delivery and acceptance of eight Bell 412EP helicopters to the Philippine Department of National Defense (DND). The contract was announced in 2012 and finalized in April 2014. The final delivery took place during a ceremony at Villamor Air Base near Manila.
“We are proud to deliver the final of eight Bell 412EP aircraft today – three months ahead of schedule and, as promised, in time for the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summit in November,” said Sameer A. Rehman, managing director of Bell Helicopter, Asia Pacific.
The eight Bell 412EP helicopters, fully configured and equipped with advanced features, were purchased with the government-to-government contracting support of the Canadian Commercial Corporation (CCC). Bell Helicopter began staged deliveries in June of the eight aircraft to be used for combat utility and VIP transport operations, as well as relief efforts.
Source: Bell Helicopter
Featured image (top): The final DND Bell 412 seen during the handover. (Image © Bell Helicopter)