Bell Helicopter announced the sale of 15 Bell 407GX aircraft to the Mexican Air Force (FAM) with deliveries to begin this year.
The aircraft will be configured for a variety of parapublic missions.
Jay Ortiz, Bell Helicopter’s vice president for Latin American sales said, “The Bell 407GX continues to receive response around the world across multiple segments, but particularly from parapublic agencies for offering the most advanced technology to help better serve and protect their citizens.”
FAM covers the entire country, with 18 military air bases located across Mexico. The FAM have been operating Bell helicopters since 1973 with the delivery of a Bell 206-B, and their fleet currently includes a Bell 412EP, Bell 212 and Bell 206.
The Bell 407GXs will be operated by the 111th Air Squadron based at the Military Airbase in Zapopan, Jalisco.
The Bell 407GX accommodates six passengers. The aircraft also features the fully-integrated Garmin G1000H flight deck, providing critical flight information at a glance for greater situational awareness and increased safety.
The Bell 407GX flight deck's high resolution LCD screens host primary flight and multi-function display information, including Helicopter Terrain Awareness Warning System, Helicopter Synthetic Vision Technology, Traffic Information Systems and more. The Bell 407GX also features a tail rotor camera, allowing the pilot a clear view of the tail during take-offs and landings.