Bell 407GT He­li­copter takes on South Africa poach­ing

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Heli Africa Wildlife and non-profit or­gan­i­sa­tion Rhino911 is us­ing a Bell 407GT to com­bat rhino poach­ing in South Africa and help curb the in­creas­ing num­ber of rhino killed for their horn.

The spe­cially equipped Bell 407 in­cludes ad­vanced night vi­sion and ther­mal imag­ing ca­pa­bil­i­ties, to­gether with ad­vanced sen­sors ca­pa­ble of dis­cern­ing and track­ing per­son­nel from ex­treme dis­tances, as well as pin­point­ing pos­si­ble hides and poacher en­try/exit routes. “Rhino911 is a fan­tas­tic ini­tia­tive and we are proud that the Bell 407GT will take part in this ad­ven­ture,” said Pa­trick Moulay, EVP of Global Sales and Mar­ket­ing, Bell He­li­copter. “The ad­vanced Bell 407 can op­er­ate far beyond the vis­ual range of the poach­ers, is cam­ou­flaged, fit­ted with low vis­i­bil­ity, low-noise blades and equipped with a re­in­forced un­der­car­riage, de­signed to pro­tect the crew from hos­tile ac­tion.”

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