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Guyana buys Bell 412EPI and 429 helicopters


On October 30, 2020, the U.S. State Department made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Government of Guyana of Bell 412EPi and 429 Helicopters and related equipment for an estimated cost of $256 million. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale.

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Bell 412 of the Chilean Air Force (Picture source: Wikipedia)


The Government of Guyana has requested to buy wo Bell 412EPi Light Utility Helicopters with customer-unique modifications; two Bell 429 Light Utility Helicopters with customer-unique modifications; two 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. The total estimated program cost is $256 million.

Guyana will use the Bell 412EPi and 429 helicopters 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. Guyana will have no difficulty absorbing this equipment into its armed forces.

The principal contractor will be Bell Helicopter Textron Incorporated (BHTI), Piney Flats, TN. Implementation of this sale will not require the assignment of any additional U.S. Government or contractor representatives to Guyana.