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Louisiana State Police signs deal for two Bell 407GXis

March 27, 2024  By Helicopters Staff

The Louisiana State Police’s Air Support Unit currently operates a fleet of six Bell helicopters. (Photo: Bell Textron)

Bell Textron reached an agreement to deliver two Bell 407GXis to Louisiana State Police, which currently leverages six other Bell aircraft for public safety missions throughout the state.

“With its upgraded avionics and customizable cabin space, the Bell 407GXi continues to advance public safety agencies throughout the world,” said Lane Evans, managing director, North America. There are more than 1,500 Bell 407s operating around the world with over six million total fleet flight hours.

The Louisiana State Police’s Air Support Unit provides aerial support to all local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies within the state upon request. In addition to its two new Bell 407GXis, the Air Support Unit also uses a Bell 407GXP, two Bell 430s, one Bell 206L-IV Long Ranger, and a Bell 206B-III Jet Ranger – all configured with Night Vision Goggles (NVG), Forward Looking Infrared (FLIR) cameras, and Trakka Beam and Night Sun searchlights.

The Bell 407GXi is rated for cruise at 133 kts (246 km/h) and leverages a Garmin G1000H NXi Flight Deck.



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