The US State Department has approved the possible Foreign Military Sale of two Bell 412Epi and two Bell 429 helicopters and related equipment for an estimated cost of $256 million to the government of Guyana.
The Government of Guyana has requested to buy two (2) Bell 412EPi Light Utility Helicopters with customer-unique modifications; two (2) Bell 429 Light Utility Helicopters with customer-unique modifications; two (2) WESCAM MX-10 cameras; mission equipment; contractor-provided pilot and maintainer training; particular ground support equipment; spares; publications; integrated product support; technical assistance; transportation; Repair and Return; and other related elements of logistics and program support.
According to a statement from the Defence Security Cooperation Agency, the proposed sale will support the foreign policy and national security of the United States by helping to improve security of Guyana, which is expected to grow to be an important force for political stability and economic progress in South America.
The proposed sale of the Bell 412EPi and 429 helicopters will improve Guyana’s capability to meet current and future threats. Guyana will use the enhanced capability to strengthen its homeland defense; conduct maritime surveillance, patrol, and interdiction; counter narcotic trafficking and transnational criminal organizations; deter regional threats; and support coalition partners overseas.
The principal contractor will be Bell Helicopter Textron Incorporated (BHTI), Piney Flats, TN.
The Bell 412Epi has a range of 363nm (672km) and is a modernized, four-bladed version of the UH-1 Huey utility helicopter. It is often used for police roles, as well as offshore oil rig worker and military troop transportation.
The Bell 429 has a range of 390 nm and is a four-bladed, twin-engined light utility helicopter. It is typically used for VIP transportation, medical evacuation, police roles, and offshore oil rig worker transportation.