Bell Heli­copter’s in­creased mis­sion ca­pa­bil­ity with Bell 407GT

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Bell Heli­copter has in­tro­duced the new Bell 407GT, the armed ver­sion of the Bell 407GX, its state-of-the-art light com­mer­cial heli­copter. The com­mer­cially qual­i­fied Bell 407GT in­cor­po­rates the per­for­mance and re­li­a­bil­ity of the Bell 407 plat­form with the Garmin G1000HTM flight deck, pro­vid­ing crit­i­cal flight in­for­ma­tion at a glance for greater si­t­u­a­tional aware­ness. The 407GX can be equipped with in­frared cam­eras, light mu­ni­tions and pre­ci­sion weapons sys­tems, in­clud­ing laser-guided rock­ets and mis­siles.

“The 407GT is a ’force mul­ti­plier’, with mis­sion ca­pa­bil­i­ties rang­ing from tac­ti­cal air as­sault and troop es­cort to re­con­nais­sance and search and res­cue,” said Danny Mal­don­ado, Bell Heli­copter Ex­ec­u­tive Vice Pres­i­dent, Sales and Mar­ket­ing. “The proven per­for­mance of the Bell 407GX plat­form pro­vides our cus­tomers an air­craft that is ready to fly when duty calls, while pow­er­ful mu­ni­tions ca­pa­bil­i­ties cou­pled with an ad­vanced flight deck en­sures mis­sion success.”

The Bell 407GT features a highly flex­i­ble and con­fig­urable weapons sys­tem for tac­ti­cal op­er­a­tions, in­clud­ing in­frared cam­era sys­tem with laser des­ig­na­tion ca­pa­bil­ity, weapons man­age­ment sys­tem, uni­ver­sal weapons py­lon (UWP), tac­ti­cal ra­dio suite and air­craft sur­viv­abil­ity equip­ment.

The UWP, de­rived from the bat­tle-tested Bell OH-58D Kiowa War­rior, pro­vides a sta­ble plat­form for pre­cise de­liv­ery of ord­nance and can be quickly re­con­fig­ured for ma­chine guns or rock­ets. The py­lon can also be eas­ily re­moved to meet mul­ti­ple mis­sion re­quire­ments such as search and res­cue or med­i­cal evac­u­a­tion. Light mu­ni­tions ca­pa­bil­i­ties of the 407GT in­clude Dil­lon M13D mini-guns, .50 cal­i­bre ma­chine guns or 2.75 in. rock­ets, as well as laser-guided weapons fea­tur­ing a stand­off range of more than 5,000 me­tres.

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