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Indonesia receives first two Bell 505 helicopters

They will be used to train future navy pilots

Two Bell 505 helicopters developed by the US company Bell-Textron have been delivered in these days to the Indonesian Navy, which will use them to train future military pilots. This order brings the fleet of aircraft produced by the American manufacturer in the Armed Forces of the Asian country to five units, including three Bell 412. Meanwhile, the Jakarta government has ordered two A-400M military transport aircraft at the end of November 2021.

"The Bell 505, which has exceeded 50,000 flight hours globally, is a suitable aircraft to train pilots to fly today's modern assets with integrated glass flight decks, Fadec controlled engines and other advanced technologies. We are honored that the Indonesian Navy has selected the Bell 505 as its basic helicopter trainer and look forward to supporting the training of its next generation of helicopter pilots", said Bell's managing director for Asia Pacific, Jose Jacinto Monge.

The Bell 505 was unveiled at the "Paris Airshow" in 2013. Its inaugural flight took place in 2014. It has a Turbomeca Arrius 2R turbine engine controlled by dual-channel Fadec technology. It has a range of 617 km. It is equipped with Garmin avionics and has five seats. There are currently more than 300 units operating in 55 countries on all six continents.

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AVIONEWS - World Aeronautical Press Agency
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