Bell 429

Bell 429
Training and utility helicopter
Bell Helicopters
Number in use
First Delivered
April 2012
Last Delivered
April 2012
Weights 1,925 kg
  • Rotor Diameter: 10.97 metres
  • Length: 12.70 metres
  • Height: 4.04 metres
Speed 273 kph
722 km
Engines 2 x Pratt & Whitney Canada PW207D1 turboshaft, 625 shp
Performance Service Ceiling: 20,000 feet

The Royal Australian Navy has signed a new contract with Raytheon Australia to provide three Bell 429 helicopter 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.

Junior aircrew will initially train in Squirrel helicopters. They will then move on to the Bell 429 to improve and maintain their skills. This will give young Naval pilots and aircrew the chance to hone their skills before they start flying the MH-60R Seahawk or the MRH-90 helicopters.