Bell Helicopter delivers final 407GXP helicopter to Mexican Air Force


Textron's subsidiary Bell Helicopter has delivered the final Bell 407GXP helicopter to the Mexican Air Force (FAM).

The helicopter was delivered under the framework of a contract awarded in March last year for the supply of 15 407GXP helicopters.

The new helicopter will join the FAM's fleet of 407GXP aircraft that support parapublic missions across the region.

"We are honoured by the Mexican Air Force's trust in Bell Helicopter and our aircraft, and we are proud to have delivered the final Bell 407GXP to join their fleet."

Bell helicopters Latin American sales vice-president said: "The Bell 407GXP is truly a multi-mission capable platform that can perform various missions at superior standards.

"We are honoured by the Mexican Air Force's trust in Bell Helicopter and our aircraft, and we are proud to have delivered the final Bell 407GXP to join their fleet."

An improvised version of the Bell 407, the 407GXP features enhanced payload capability and operating economics.

Designed to be able to support a wide range of missions such as to conduct patrols, surveillance, criminal activity disruption, operational coordination and search and detection, the Bell 407GX helicopter can be deployed by police forces, first responders and air support units.

The helicopter can also be used for intelligence and information sharing, public information and warnings, and disaster relief activities. It can be configured for civil, utility, medical evacuation and VIP transport missions.

The helicopter is powered by Rolls-Royce' FADEC-controlled 250-C47B turbine engine, which generates a power of 813 shaft horsepower (shp).

The aircraft can fly at a maximum cruising speed of 246km/h and up to a range of 611km, and the helicopter has a service ceiling of 5,698m. It is capable of executing surveillance missions for up to four hours.