Air Platforms

Bell Helicopter proposes 407GXi, 429 aircraft for TH-57 replacement

13 March 2018

Key Points

  • Bell Helicopter proposes either its 407GXi or 429 aircraft for the USN’s TH-57 replacement
  • The USN expects to buy 107 aircraft

Bell Helicopter is poised to offer either its new 407GXi single engine aircraft or its 429 twin-engine helicopter for the US Navy’s (USN’s) TH-57 replacement programme, depending on the sea service’s requirements.

Colin Smith, Bell Helicopter senior business development manager, told Jane’s on 13 March that the company believes the USN procuring single engine aircraft would allow it to acquire the most affordable aircraft. He said the service did not specify whether it wanted a single or dual engine aircraft in a late 2017 request for information (RFI).

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