Bell Textron Inc., a Textron Inc. company, announced the successful sale and delivery of two Bell 505 helicopters to the Indonesian Navy. The newly acquired helicopters will be utilized as basic helicopter trainers. This delivery brings the Indonesian Navy’s Bell fleet to five aircraft, which already includes three Bell 412 helicopters. With most training helicopters globally comprising light single helicopters, the Bell 505 is well suited to prepare future military pilots all around the globe to meet the myriad of challenges they will face in their missions.
“The Bell 505, which has surpassed 50,000 flight hours globally, is an excellent aircraft for training pilots to fly today’s modern aircraft with integrated glass flight decks, FADEC controlled engines, and other advanced technologies,” said Jose Jacinto Monge, managing director, Asia Pacific, Bell. “We are honored that the Indonesian Navy has selected the Bell 505 as its basic helicopter trainer, and we look forward to supporting the training of its next generation of rotorcraft pilots.”
The Bell 505 Jet Ranger X (JRX) is an American/Canadian light helicopter developed by Bell Textron. The Bell 505 is Bell’s newest five-seat aircraft designed for safety, efficiency and reliability. With the latest Garmin avionics and dual channel FADEC-controlled engine, the Bell 505 is the most advanced short light single aircraft on the market. There are more than 300 Bell 505s operating in 55 countries across all six continents. Bell delivered the 100th 505 Jet Ranger X in June 2018, and the 200th in August 2019.
More than 100 Bell helicopters are operating in the military and commercial segments in Indonesia. Bell Textron and State-owned aircraft manufacturer PTDI (PT Dirgantara Indonesia, Indonesian Aerospace) have been working together to support the Indonesian Armed Forces since 1982. Since established in August 1976, PTDI has handed over to customers approximately 448 aircraft. Of these 448, 253 are helicopters and of these 253 helicopters have delivered 63 of which are Bell 412 series.