Slovakia took delivery of its first Bell Helicopter Bell 429s for the Slovakian police recently. These aircraft will be primarily used for border protection, search and rescue, natural disaster relief missions and road traffic law enforcement.
The first aircraft arrived in the Slovakian capital of Bratislava in August, with a second chopper due later this year. According to sources, the Slovaks have set eyes on a fleet of eight helicopters in the end.
The Bell 429 is gaining customers in police forces around the world. Bell Helicopter has recently delivered 15 Bell 429s to the Turkish National Police, four Bell 429s to the New York Police Department, and the first of two Bell 429s to the Slovakian Police, and the Swedish National Police will receive their first Bell 429 later this year.
Source: Bell Helicopter, with additional reporting by Airheadsfly.com editor Elmer van Hest
Featured image (top): The Bell 429 in Bratislava. (Image © Bell Helicopter)