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02:12 PM, March 13, 2015
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Bell announced today that it will display UH-1Y maritime helicopter and  429 WLG light twin-engine helicopter during the upcoming LIMA 2015.

The company said that, it will have subject matter experts to discuss Bell’s latest military and commercial rotorcraft and customer support offerings at their stand (#B710) and at the aircraft on static display. 

In partnership with the US Marine Corps (USMC), Bell Helicopter will showcase the Bell UH-1Y maritime helicopter on display in the United States Department of Defense (DoD) Corral. The presence of the USMC comes on the heels of a successful bilateral exercise with the Malaysian Armed Forces featuring the UH-1Y and Bell Boeing V-22tiltrotor. Bell UH-1Y represents capability for the USMC with upgrades in ISR, targeting, precision fires, lift, and operational reach to support the utility and attack mission spectrum.

The multi-role capabilities of the Bell UH-1Y and AH-1Z are ideally suited to the Asia Pacific and the maritime environment of Malaysia. The marinized airframes are matched with sensors and also provide superior corrosion resistance in sea/coastal/humid environments.  With 85 percent of parts common to both the Yankee and Zulu, costs related to logistics footprint, training costs and burdens on the supply system are significantly reduced when purchased together.

Bell 429 WLG, a light twin-engine helicopter featuring retractable wheeled landing gear, will also be on static display. The Bell 429 has a fully integrated glass cockpit, advanced drive system and best-in-class WAAS navigation and Instrument Flight Rules (IFR) capability certified for single or dual pilot operations. Additional safety features include a collective mounted throttle, damage tolerant hub and rotor system, and energy attenuating seats. It is the first helicopter certified through the MSG-3 process, resulting in reduced maintenance costs for operators. 

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