PHL orders 16 ‘advanced’ Bell 412 EPI for Air Force

The Department of National Defense (DND) has signed a contract for the procurement of 16 Bell 412 EPI for the Philippine Air Force (PAF) as combat utility helicopters from Bell Helicopter.

“The 16 Bell 412EPI helicopters, fully configured and equipped with advanced features, are being acquired as part of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) modernization plans, and were purchased by the DND through a government-to-government contract with the Canadian Commercial Corporation (CCC),” Bell Helicopter said.

This procurement is already part of AFP Modernization Program Second Horizon.

Bell Helicopter said the Bell 412EPI improves the Bell 412 platform with the Bell BasiX Pro fully integrated glass flight deck, providing critical flight information at-a-glance for greater situational awareness and safety.

“We are honored that the Bell 412 will continue to serve the Philippines through the Philippine Air Force for many more years to come. Being a part of the armed forces of the Philippines is a privilege and responsibility that we at Bell Helicopter take very seriously,” said Sameer A. Rehman, managing director of Bell Helicopter Asia Pacific.

“Bell’s helicopters have been a key component for the Philippine Air Force in the past and we look forward to bringing these aircraft into service quickly to serve the citizens of the Philippines,” Rehman added.

Delivery is expected to start first quarter of 2019 and completion is scheduled second quarter of 2020.

The Philippine government last procured 8 Bell 412EP helicopters from Bell Helicopter also via government-to-government negotiations in 2014. Delivery was completed in 2015.

Bell 412EP. PAF photo