Bell 429 Global Ranger

Bell 429
Type
Training and utility helicopter
Manufacturer
Bell Helicopters
Role
  • Aircrew type conversion
  • Skills consolidation and retention flying
  • Utility operations (external loads, hoisting, transfer)
  • Search and rescue/medical evacuation
  • Fleet support (surveillance, personnel transfer) excluding embarkation (no deck landings)
  • Public relations support and recruitment activities
Number in use
1
Origin
USA
First Delivered
April 2012
Last Delivered
April 2012
Weights 1925 kg
Dimensions
  • Rotor diameter: 10.97 metres
  • Length: 12.70 metres
  • Height: 4.04 metres
Speed 273 kph
Range
722 km
Crew
2
Engines 2 x Pratt & Whitney Canada PW207D1 turboshaft, 625 shp
Performance Service ceiling: 20,000 feet
Operated by
723 Squadron

The Royal Australian Navy signed a new contract with Raytheon Australia to provide three Bell 429 helicopters aimed to maintain and develop the skills of junior Naval helicopter aircrew.

The helicopters will be operated by Navy’s 723 Squadron in Nowra from April 2012.

The Bell 429 allowed junior Navy pilots to maintain and hone their skills before flying the MH-60R Seahawk or the MRH-90 helicopters.

With the Bell 429 contract expiring in 2019 and the successful introduction of the Airbus Helicopters EC-135T2+ into service with 723 Squadron's Joint Helicopter School, the Bell 429 will make its final public appearance at the Australian International Air Show, Avalon.

A Bell 429 helicopter of 723 Squadron displays winching exercises during a Navy helicopter display in Sydney Harbour.
A Bell 429 helicopter of 723 Squadron displays winching exercises during a Navy helicopter display in Sydney Harbour.
723 Squadron personnel field questions from students of Crib Point Primary School, Victoria.
723 Squadron personnel field questions from students of Crib Point Primary School, Victoria.