Peru buys Dutch SAR Bell 412 fleet

Peru buys Dutch SAR Bell 412 fleet 26 Jan, 15, Source: HeliHub.com

The Netherlands recently announced the retirement of their three Agusta-Bell 412SPs as they transferred the SAR role over to their NH90s.  Just three weeks on and Defence Minister Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert announced that preliminary agreement has been reached to sell the 412s to Peru.  Although no financial numbers have been stated, and no contract yet signed, there’s enough confidence to make a public announcement.  The deal includes parts, tools and test equipment.  Contracts are expected to be signed at the end of January

The three 412s were built under licence by Agusta (as it was then) in the early 1990s, and the Royal Netherlands Air Force put them into service on 16th February 1994.  Immediately prior to their retirement, they were operated by 303 Squadron at Leeuwarden, with a notable history of nearly 5,500 rescue missions.
Sources tell HeliHub.com that the three aircraft have been ferried to Agusta Aerospace Services at Liege for work prior to export
Registrations and serial numbers involved are:-
  • R-01 AB412SP (25630)
  • R-02 AB412SP (25638)
  • R-03 AB412SP (25641)
Jeremy Parkin – HeliHub.com
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