The Argentinian government is purchasing four Bell 412EP helicopters for air mobility duties, the US State Department announced on 17 November 2015.
Buenos Aires pays 80 million US dollars for the choppers, which will also be fielded for humanitarian assistance and peacekeeping duties if needed.
Produced in Forth Worth, Texas, the Bell 412EPs are successors to the legendary “Huey”. That chopper was the primary ride of US forces during the War in Vietnam in the 1960s and 1970s. The Argentine Air Force already operates a pair of Bell 412EPs, while the army has 47 older UH-1 Hueys on strength.
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