Bell Helicopter has been awarded a contract to supply Bell 407GX multi-role helicopters to the Mexican Air Force (FAM).

Under the contract, the Textron subsidiary will deliver 15 Bell 407GX helicopters, which will be configured for a variety of parapublic missions.

Bell Helicopter Latin American sales vice-president Jay Ortiz said: "The Bell 407GX continues to receive a positive response around the world across multiple segments, but particularly from parapublic agencies for offering the most advanced technology to help better serve and protect their citizens.

"We are extremely pleased to provide the Mexican Air Force with such a high-performing and reliable aircraft.

"Bell Helicopter has nearly 1,400 commercial aircraft flying in Latin America and more than 340 in Mexico alone."

"Bell Helicopter has nearly 1,400 commercial aircraft flying in Latin America and more than 340 in Mexico alone, so the region continues to be an important market for us."

The new helicopters are scheduled to be operated by FAM’s 111th Air Squadron based at the military airbase in Zapopan, Jalisco, Mexico.

Bell Helicopters haven been operated by the FAM since 1973, with the delivery of a Bell 206-B. FAM’s fleet currently includes a Bell 412EP, Bell 212 and Bell 206 aircraft.

The 407GX helicopter is an upgraded version of the Bell 407 helicopter. It can fly at an altitude of 5,370m, with range of 611km, at maximum cruise speed of 246km/h.

The helicopter is capable of accommodating six passengers. It is equipped with a fully-integrated Garmin G1000H flight deck, which delivers critical flight information for greater situational awareness and increased safety, as well as a tail rotor camera that provides the pilot with a clear view of the tail during take-offs and landings.

The helicopter’s flight deck’s high resolution LCD screens host primary flight and multi-function display information, including helicopter terrain awareness warning system, helicopter synthetic vision technology, and traffic information systems.

Bell 407GX helicopter deliveries to FAM are scheduled to take place during this year.