Company To Provide Aircraft And Support Package
The Government of Yemen has awarded a contract worth $27 million
to Bell Helicopter for a comprehensive mission package to support
military requirements. The package includes four commercially
designated Huey II aircraft, pilot and maintenance training,
spares, special tooling and dedicated service representatives.
Bell UH-1H Huey II File Photo
“This contract award is the result of a true team
effort,” said John L. Garrison, Bell Helicopter president and
chief executive officer. “We are delighted to partner with
AMCOM, DCAA and DCMA to provide the Yemen Government with aircraft
and support that not only adds value to their mission, but are
expected to be delivered ahead of schedule.”
Initial requirements for the contract were identified in early
January, culminating with contract award in late September 2010.
All four aircraft are complete and supporting training activities
at Bell’s Customer Center. The aircraft are expected to
deliver in January 2011 and will be operational less than one year
from when the initial requirements were identified. Spares and
tools have already been shipped to support the operation.
“Built on the foundation of proven reliability, the Huey
II delivers increased mission capabilities and the performance
enhancements needed to ensure the success of the Yemen
Government’s mission requirements,” said Larry Roberts,
senior vice president commercial business.
Based on the Bell UH-1H helicopter, the Huey II configuration
adds a more powerful engine, new dynamic components and tailboom, a
new navigation and communication suite, and complete rewiring to an
existing hull; significantly increasing in hover performance and
gross weight, while lowering direct operating costs.
Bell’s industry leading Customer Support and Service
organization will also provide training for 12 Yemen pilots and 32
Yemen maintenance technicians as well as a dedicated team of
support representatives including a pilot and maintenance
technicians to help start the operation.