Written By: Shuaib M. al-Mosawa
Article Date: Dec 9, 2010 - 11:07:04 AM
New helicopters augment Yemen's fleet of Soviet Hinds.
Yemen is receiving a package of Huey II aircrafts in January 2011 from Bell Helicopter that was awarded a $27M contract to provide the Yemeni government with a comprehensive mission package to support military requirements.
According to Bell Helicopter company, the Helicopter packages includes four commercially designated Huey II aircraft, pilot and maintenance training, spares, special tooling and dedicated service representatives.
“This contract award is the result of a true team effort,” said John L. Garrison, Bell Helicopter president and chief executive officer. “We are delighted to partner with AMCOM, DCAA and DCMA to provide the Yemen Government with aircraft and support that not only adds value to their mission, but are expected to be delivered ahead of schedule.”
According to the company, all four aircrafts were complete and supporting training activities at Bell’s Customer Center. The aircrafts would be operational less than one year from when the initial requirements were identified. Spares and tools had already been shipped to support the operation, the company said.
“Built on the foundation of proven reliability, the Huey II delivers increased mission capabilities and the ...
performance enhancements needed to ensure the success of the Yemen Government’s mission requirements,” said Larry Roberts, senior vice president commercial business.
Based on the proven Bell UH-1H helicopter, the Huey II configuration adds a more powerful engine, new dynamic components and tail boom, a new navigation and communication suite, and complete rewiring to an existing hull; significantly increasing in hover performance and gross weight, while lowering direct operating costs, the company explains.
Bell’s industry lead organization would also provide training for 12 Yemen pilots and 32 Yemen maintenance technicians as well as a dedicated team of support representatives including a pilot and maintenance technicians to help start the operation.
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