Japan places world’s first order of the SUBARU BELL 412EPX

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The Japan National Police Agency has placed the first order for a SUBARU BELL 412EPX aircraft – an upgrade on the Bell 412 series brought out as a collaboration of both Bell Helicopters and SUBARA CORPORATION as the platform for the New Utility Helicopter for JMOD (Japan Ministry of Defense) programme.

In a press release, Bell Helicopters noted that the Bell 412 has the ‘impeccable reputation of reliability’ in some of the most extreme climates, and that its versatile cabin accommodates an array of options to suit any specific mission needs. The new SUBARU BELL 412EPX model benefits from a more robust main rotor gearbox dry-run capability, increased internal Maximum Gross Weight to 12,200 lbs and mast torque output of +11 per cent at speeds below 60 knots. This will provide operators with the ability to transport more supplies and achieve better operational efficiency

“We thank the National Police Agency for its trust,” said Mitch Snyder, President and CEO at Bell. “These aircraft will contribute to the overall safety and security of the people in Japan’s Iwate Prefecture. We look forward to further collaboration and continued success with SUBARU for many years to come.”

Shoichiro Tozuka, Corporate Senior Vice-President of SUBARU CORPORATION and the Aerospace company President, extended his gratitude to Bell. “This order is the first milestone to bringing the SUBARU BELL 412EPX to customers around the world,” he said.

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