Saturday, January 22, 2022

Indonesia takes delivery of 2 US-made Bell 505 helicopters

Indonesian Navy on Wednesday took the delivery of two Bell 505 helicopters, also known as the Jet Ranger X.

The newly acquired helicopters will be utilized as basic helicopter trainers, according to  Bell Textron Inc., a Textron Inc. company.

“The Bell 505, which has surpassed 50,000 flight hours globally, is an excellent aircraft for training pilots to fly today’s modern aircraft with integrated glass flight decks, FADEC controlled engines, and other advanced technologies,” said Jose Jacinto Monge, managing director, Asia Pacific, Bell. “We are honored that the Indonesian Navy has selected the Bell 505 as its basic helicopter trainer, and we look forward to supporting the training of its next generation of rotorcraft pilots.”

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As noted by the company, this delivery brings the Indonesian Navy’s Bell fleet to five aircraft, which already includes three Bell 412 helicopters. More than 100 Bell helicopters are operating in the military and commercial segments in Indonesia.

With most training helicopters globally comprising light single helicopters, the Bell 505 is well suited to prepare future military pilots all around the globe to meet the myriad of challenges they will face in their missions.

The Bell 505 is Bell’s newest five-seat aircraft designed for safety, efficiency and reliability. With the latest Garmin avionics and dual channel FADEC-controlled engine, the Bell 505 is the most advanced short light single aircraft on the market. There are more than 300 Bell 505s operating in 55 countries across all six continents.

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