Bell Helicopter Textron [TXT] delivered the last of 15 407GXP helicopters to the Mexican Air Force (FAM), the company said Monday.
Mexico originally awarded the contract in March 2015 and this helicopter is being operated by the 111th Air Squadron based at the Military Airbase in Zapopan, Jalisco.
The 407GXP, an upgrade to the company’s popular Bell 407 model, has a Rolls-Royce 250-C47B/8 turbine FADEC engine and can cruise at 246 km/hour. In the FAM parapublic role it can carry out command and control missions with microwave downlink, tactical insertion capabilities, and has an optional hoist letting it act as a search and rescue platform.
“The Bell 407GXP is truly a multi-mission capable platform that can perform various missions at superior standards. We are honored by the Mexican Air Force’s trust in Bell Helicopter and our aircraft, and we are proud to have delivered the final Bell 407GXP to join their fleet,” Jay Ortiz, Bell Helicopter vice president of Latin American sales, said in a statement.