Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company, was awarded a $27M contract to provide the Yemen government with a comprehensive mission package to support military requirements.
The package includes: four commercially designated Huey II aircraft, pilot and maintenance training, spares, special tooling and dedicated service representatives.
"This contract award is the result of a true team effort," said John L. Garrison, Bell Helicopter president and chief executive officer. "We are delighted to partner with AMCOM, DCAA and DCMA to provide the Yemen Government with aircraft and support that not only adds value to their mission, but are expected to be delivered ahead of schedule."
Initial requirements for the contract were identified in early January, culminating with contract award in late September 2010. All four aircraft are complete and supporting training activities at Bell's Customer Center.
The aircraft are expected to deliver in January 2011 and will be operational less than one year from when the initial requirements were identified. Spares and tools have already been shipped to support the operation.
"Built on the foundation of proven reliability, the Huey II delivers increased mission capabilities and the performance enhancements needed to ensure the success of the Yemen Government's mission requirements," said Larry Roberts, senior vice president commercial business.
Based on the proven Bell UH-1H helicopter, the Huey II configuration adds a more powerful engine, new dynamic components and tailboom, a new navigation and communication suite, and complete rewiring to an existing hull; significantly increasing in hover performance and gross weight, while lowering direct operating costs.
Bell's industry leading Customer Support and Service organization will also provide training for 12 Yemen pilots and 32 Yemen maintenance technicians as well as a dedicated team of support representatives including a pilot and maintenance technicians to help start the operation.
"At Bell Helicopter, we aren't just selling aircraft, we are working with our customers to provide complete aircraft and support solutions necessary to meet their missions. This contract is testament to that commitment," said Garrison.