Slovakia requests $150m sale of Bell 429 light utility helicopters from US

The US Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) has notified Congress of a potential $150m sale of Bell 429 llight Utility Helicopters to Slovakia.

Under the sale, Slovakia seeks to receive nine Bell 429 Light Utility Helicopters with customer-unique modifications.

The Bell 429 is claimed to exceed current airworthiness requirements to enhance occupant safety.

This helicopter's advanced avionics and systems monitoring suite ensures outstanding maintainability and readiness of the aircraft.

The Bell 429's BasiX-Pro integrated avionics system features two/three multi-function displays, dual digital 3-axis autopilot and an integrated electronic data recorder.

The helicopter has enough space to accommodate a crew of eight people.

This deal also covers WESCAM MX-10 cameras, training, spare parts, and logistical support, mission equipment, communication and navigation equipment, special tools and test equipment, ground support equipment, airframe and engine spare parts.

The Government of Slovakia has also requested for technical data, publications, maintenance work order/electronic change proposals, technical assistance, repair and return, quality assurance team, and transportation of aircraft.

The procurement is expected to improve Slovakia’s capability to meet current and future threats.

Slovakia will use the enhanced capability to strengthen its homeland defence and deter regional threats, DSCA stated.

DSCA claimed that the proposed sale will contribute to the US's foreign policy and national security by helping Slovakia, a NATO ally that is an important force for political stability and economic progress in Europe.

Bell Helicopter will serve as principle contractor for the sale.