Bell Helicopter has recently signed a purchase agreement with the New South Wales Police Force for the first Bell 412EPIhelicopter to be operated in Australia.
Based in Sydney, Australia, the New South Wales Police will take delivery of the new aircraft in late 2014 where it will be used for both tactical and response missions.
First introduced in March 2013, the Bell 412EPI improves the Bell 412EP platform with the Bell BasiX Pro fully integrated glass flight deck, providing critical flight information at a glance for greater situational awareness and safety.
The Bell BasiX Pro system is specifically designed to meet the requirements of twin-engine helicopters and is optimised for IFR, Category A and JAR OPS3 compliant operations.
The avionics suite also includes high resolution digital maps, electronic charts and approach plates, ADS-B transponder and optional HTAWS and XM satellite links.
The new Bell 412EPI also incorporates the power of Pratt & Whitney’s PT6T-9 Twin Pac engines, providing 15 per cent more horsepower than the standard Bell 412.
The Bell 412EPI features the BLR Strake and FastFin system, which modifies the tailboom to optimise airflow and improve handling, safety and lift.