Bell Helicopter 407GX
Bell Helicopter 407GX

Aircraft manufacturer Bell Helicopter is hoping the U.S. Navy will select the single-engine 407GX for the training helicopter replacement program. According to Defense News, Bell submitted a variety of different helicopters for consideration, including the 407GX and the 505.

“Based on what the Navy needs and what they define their requirements as, we have aircraft that can fit that,” said Scott Clifton, manager of military business development for Bell.

As Defense News reports, the Navy wants to replace its fleet of more than 100 Bell TH-57 training helicopters. The TH-57 is a variant of the Bell 206 Jet Ranger.

“We have a relationship with the Navy that’s been going on for 40 years at this point, from the UH-1 [Huey] to now the 206,” Clifton said.

Bell plans on adding another display screen in the cockpit of the 407GX for the instruction pilot, if the company is selected for the new Navy trainer. They would also install a stronger windscreen and a lower skid gear, Defense News said.

Helicopter maker AgustaWestland also recently pitched the AW119 for the Navy T-57 replacement program.

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