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Canadian Coast Guard receives its two first Bell 412EPi helicopters.

| 2016
World Aviation Defense & Security News - Canada
Canadian Coast Guard receives its two first Bell 412EPi helicopters
The Honourable Dominic LeBlanc, Minister of Fisheries and Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard, today accepted two new Bell 412EPi medium-lift helicopters into the Canadian Coast Guard fleet. “The purchase of these helicopters for the Canadian Coast Guard encourages innovation and drives economic growth. This contract has helped maintain over 170 highly skilled jobs for Canadians across the country in the aerospace sector," LeBlanc said.
Canadian Coast Guard receives its two first Bell 412EPi helicopters 640 001One of the two first Bell 412EPi delivered to Canadian Coast Guard
(Credit: CCG)
These are the first of seven new medium-lift helicopters being constructed by Bell Helicopter Textron Canada Ltd. as part of the Coast Guard’s Fleet Renewal Plan. The seven Bell 412 helicopters will replace five Bell 212 helicopters currently in service. The acquisition of these modern aircraft is renewing the capabilities of the Coast Guard’s existing fleet of helicopters. Under the Canadian Coast Guard Fleet Renewal Plan, the Government of Canada has already received and deployed 15 light-lift helicopters and contracted for a helicopter simulator.

These helicopters will help support the Government of Canada’s Oceans Protection Plan by enhancing the Coast Guard’s capability to contribute to marine safety and environmental response across the country.

Helicopters are used in delivering key Coast Guard services, including ensuring the safety of marine traffic, performing icebreaking reconnaissance, maintaining aids to navigation and marine communications equipment, science and fisheries enforcement, and transporting personnel and cargo between ship and shore.

The Bell 412 is a twin-engine utility helicopter developed from the famous Bell 212. The EPi variant includes a glass cockpit and P&WC PT6T-9 electronic controlled engines.




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