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Jamaica Protection Drive to obtain six Bell 505 helicopters

Bell Textron, which manufactures helicopters, has introduced that it had bought an order for delivering six Bell 505 plane to the Jamaica Protection Drive (JDF).

In keeping with an organization assertion, the newly acquired Bell 505s will probably be configured to assist Public Security missions in nation and be utilized by the Drive’s Caribbean Army Aviation College (CMAS) to coach worldwide rotorcraft pilots.

“Bell and JDF share a wealthy historical past of greater than 55 years, and we’re dedicated to delivering essentially the most superior and economically viable plane in the marketplace,” mentioned Nicholas Peffer, Managing Director, Latin America. “The Bell 505 is a confirmed asset for Public Security operations around the globe. We sit up for rising our long-standing relationship with JDF and sustaining their forces with the best high quality plane for a lot of extra years to come back.”

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In 1963, JDF started its operations with two Bell 47G plane and has expanded their fleet and relationship with Bell all through the years. This new plane supply will develop JDF’s present fleet to 10 Bell helicopters, which serve in search and rescue missions, medical evacuations, pure catastrophe aid, nationwide safety and navy coaching operations.

“Increasing our Bell fleet to include the Bell 505 provides extra versatility to {our capability} portfolio and helps our mission to guard and serve the residents of Jamaica,” mentioned Lt. Col. Brian Lundy, commanding officer of the Air Wing, JDF. “Our staff of pilots and upkeep technicians are extraordinarily proud of the coaching, assist and customer support from Bell.”

With a velocity of 125 knots (232 km/h) and helpful load of 1,500 kilos (680 kg), the Bell 505 is Bell’s latest five-seat plane designed for security, effectivity and reliability utilizing superior avionics expertise. Its similarities with the Bell 429 platform enable for a clean pilot transition as JDF begins coaching operations. With a Garmin G1000, the platform shares comparable avionics with JDF’s Fastened Wing Coach plane and reduces pilot workload, enhancing the scholars’ studying expertise.

As well as, earlier in Jun 2020, Montenegro Air Drive additionally signed a purchase order settlement for 2 Bell 505 Jet Ranger X helicopters.

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