Bell delivers 429s to Jamaica Defence
August 13, 2018 By Helicopters Staff
Bell Helicopter delivered two Bell 429s to the Jamaica Defence Force (JDF), with a third 429 scheduled for delivery to the JDF next year. The three aircraft will be used to complete a range of missions including, search and rescue, medical evacuations, natural disaster relief, national security and military training.
The JDF began its helicopter operations in 1963 with two Bell 47Gs. Its active fleet includes four Bell 407s, two Bell 412s and two Bell 206s.
“Over the years, our mission has evolved resulting in the need to acquire the Bell 429 to more effectively meet the demands of our mission profiles and further prove our rotary wing capability,” said Colonel Roderick Williams, JDF’s Colonel Adjutant Quartermaster and a former Commanding Officer of the JDF Air Wing.
Bell explains advanced capabilities of the 429 include single pilot IFR, Category A operations, an integrated avionics glass cockpit, and the use of metallic and composite parts in its construction.