Morocco is considering buying the improved version of the Bell-412, a combat helicopter equipped with more power than its predecessor.
The Royal Armed Forces (FAR) intends to acquire 36 new multipurpose combat helicopters manufactured by the American Bell. They will have to replace the old Bell-205, 206 and 212, “decades old” aircraft.
The purchase contract would already be ready. According to the specialist site Defensa, it covers a market of 24 Bell-412 EPI helicopters with the possibility of adding 12 later. According to the site of the American manufacturer, the model in question has a technology allowing an “improved performance, advanced engines for more versatile missions.
These new helicopters feature a fully integrated Bell Basix Pro cockpit with digital displays, providing essential flight information for better situational assessment and maximum safety.
The new fleet is an extension of Bell Textron products, operating in Morocco since 1969. Between 1969 and 1978, Morocco bought 48 Bell-205, 24 Bell-206B and 5 Bell-212 then manufactured under license in Italy. These old helicopters will now have to be used as spare parts.