June 21 (UPI) — Bell Helicopter Textron has received a $ 27 million contract for the manufacturing and delivery of four Bell 412EP helicopter to the U.S. Army, the Department of Defense announced Tuesday.
The contract was solicited on the Internet with one bid accepted. Work will be conducted in Ft. Worth, Texas, and is expected to be completed by Nov. 30 2017. Fiscal 2017 funds in the amount of $ 27.2 million have been obligated upon award.
The Bell 412 is a twin-engine light utility helicopter used by both by militaries and civilian agencies and is one of the most widely exported helicopters in the world. The EP variant has been upgraded with more powerful engines for speed, greater reliability and lift capacity.
The helicopter is used by militaries to transport personnel and equipment, and for search and rescue, reconnaissance, and medical evacuation missions. It is widely used by civilian government agencies for similar tasks, and in the private sector for business, tourism and private pilots.