Bangladesh’s Rapid Action Battalion is to acquire a pair of new Bell 407s, providing airborne law enforcment capability for the first time in this Asian country.Â Commander M Sohail of the RAB has confirmed that the police authorities signed a contract with Bell Helicopter Asia on June 23rd 2011.Â The deal, valued at 57 crore Bangladeshi Taka (US$7.37M) includes the training of eight personnel by Bell in Singapore.
The Bangladeshi Air Force will be in charge of the operation, maintenance and safety of the new helicotpers, which are expected to be delivered 12 months from now in December 2012 after role equipment has been fitted and the pilots trained.
The Rapid Action Battalion has been remarkably patient for these helicopters.Â A proposal for helicopters was first filed with the government in 2005, the year after the RAB was founded.Â In the 2007-2008 fiscal year, RAB was allocated a budget for helicopters, but delays due eto budget deficits and/or bureaucratic wrangles has delayed the contract until this year.
Jeremy Parkin – HeliHub.com
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