Bell To Increase Support For PAF Choppers

2 October 2016

Bell Helicopter of Canada is set to increase its maintenance support for rotary-wing platforms operated by the Philippine Air Force (PAF) with a view of enlarging the fleet of eight 412EPs, an official from the company has said.

Speaking at the Asian Defence and Security 2016 (ADAS 2016) exhibition in Manila, James Williamson, Bell Helicopter's business development manager, said the company is looking forward for new orders of the type as it regards the Philippines as key market with expanding opportunities across both military and commercial sectors.

The company intends to increase the number of Bell Helicopter technicians employed in the country who carry out engineering work and provide technical assistance, he said.

Williamson added that the company plans to increase the level of support it provides the PAF and commercial customers in maintaining the aircraft to an operational standard.

Bell recently secured maintenance contract for 60 Bell UH-1 series helicopters, while it has existing contract with eight Bell 412EPs recently delivered in 2015 with a lists price of USD100 million).

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