The Republic of Croatia's Ministry of Interior has signed a purchase agreement for two Subaru Bell 412EPX helicopters. This marks a significant milestone in the region as the first such purchase agreement in Europe. The expected delivery date of the aircraft is October 2023.
“The Ministry of Interior is honoured to be the first European customer to sign a purchase agreement for the Subaru Bell 412EPX,” says minister of interior Davor Božinović PhD. “We look forward to utilising its unique capabilities and durability to protect and defend the citizens of Croatia.”
The Republic of Croatia's Ministry of the Interior deals with the tasks related to criminal, border and special police activities and other activities related to civil protection, firefighting, fire protection, production and trade in explosive substances and weapons, private protection, detective affairs and mine action.
“The Subaru Bell 412EPX adds increased payload capabilities to the world-renowned Bell 412 platform, and this agreement continues to expand its reputation,” says Bell managing director, Europe Duncan Van De Velde. “We are thrilled to bring the most modern version of the Bell 412 platform to a European customer and showcase its capabilities.”
Certified in 2018, the Subaru Bell 412EPX has a maximum internal weight of 12,200 lbs, external weight of 13,000 lbs and up to 5,000 lbs of goods with a cargo hook. The aircraft enables large cargo and personnel transportation with its ability to carry up to 5,385 lbs. The Bell 412EPX benefits from a robust main rotor gearbox dry run capability and increased mast torque output at speeds below 60 knots, providing operators the ability to transport more supplies and perform operations more efficiently.