Dec 02, Colombo: Bell Helicopters, a division of Textron, announced today that it has delivered two Bell 412 utility helicopters to the Sri Lanka Air Force during a ceremony held at its facility in Piney Flats, Tennessee.
Commander of Sri Lanka Air Force Air Marshall Harsha Abeywickrema has received the keys to the new Bell 412s at the ceremony.
Addressing the occasion, Air Marshall Abeywickrema has said that the Bell 412 is highly reliable and a capable product for Sri Lanka's mission needs.
"Dependable Bell products and the customer support and service we've received over the years are what we value. We look forward to continuing that relationship in the months and years to come," he has said.
Senior vice president for Bell Helicopterís Commercial Business, Larry D Roberts has said that the company had a strong partnership with the Sri Lanka Air Force for more than 40 years.
"This is a great day for Bell Helicopter as we continue to celebrate this relationship," he has noted.
Bell 412 is a utility helicopter mainly used for VIP transportation and they have been initially introduced to the Sri Lanka Air Force in 1985.
The Sri Lanka Air Force currently has eight Bell 412EP helicopters in its fleet in addition to ten Bell 212s 18 and five Bell2 206 Jet Rangers.