Bell Textron, a Textron company, announced the delivery of three Bell 505 helicopters to the Royal Bahrain Air Force. Bell delivered the aircraft during an inspection and acceptance event in February 2023 at Bell’s Mirabel facility.
Sameer Rehman, General Manager, Africa and Middle East, Bell said: “We are honored to provide the Bahrain Self-Defense Force another Bell asset to train the next generation of Bahrani pilots. “Generations of Bahraini pilots who have flown the Bell and Bell 505 helicopters will continue the tradition of excellence for many years to come.”
The Bahrain Defense Force has flown the Bell 212 and several generations of AH-1 attack helicopters. This delivery marks the first 505 helicopters for the country and includes a package of training, tools and spare parts.
With low operating costs and high reliability, the Bell 505 has emerged as a customer favourite to prepare cadets for a safer and more effective transition to advanced helicopters,” Rehman added.
The Kingdom of Bahrain joins other countries in the region employing the Bell 505 as their advanced military trainer of choice. Horizon International Flight Academy in the UAE operates 12 Bell 505s, and the Royal Jordanian Air Force signed an agreement for 10 Bell 505s in November 2022. More than 30 Bell 505 helicopters operate throughout the Middle East and Africa.
Additionally, the Bell 505 is the military training helicopter for the Montenegro Air Force, Republic of Korea Army and Republic of Korea Navy.
The Bell 505 recently became the world’s first single engine helicopter to fly on 100% sustainable aviation fuel.