The aircraft, sourced by the Republic of Korea’s Defence Acquisition Program Administration, will be used by the Republic of Korea Army and Republic of Korea Navy to train new pilots.
The Bell 505 Jet Ranger X is powered by a Safran Arrius 2R FADEC-controlled turboshaft engine, with a useful load of 680kg. It has a maximum cruise speed of 232 km/h and a 617km range. The 505 also has capacity for one pilot and up to four passengers and is equipped with Garmin avionics.
The aircraft type is employed as a training aircraft, by several military forces around the world, including the Indonesian Navy, Jamaican Air Force, Japanese Coast Guard, the UAE military and the Montenegro Defence Force.
It is also regularly employed for police operations, with Nebraska’s Omaha Police Department’s (OPD) Air Support Department becoming the ninth police force in North America to use the Bell 505, following a delivery in February.