Colombian Air Force Increases Mission Capability with Acceptance of Seventh Bell Helicopter Huey II Kit
FIDAE – Santiago, Chile (March 30, 2016) – Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, announced today that the Colombian Air Force (COLAF) had accepted their seventh Huey II Kit – continuing to improve their fleet performance and mission readiness.
The delivery of the Huey II Kit is a part of an ongoing upgrade program designed to revitalize the Colombian Air Force’s UH-1H fleet. The upgrade allows for multiple configurations and increased overall mission capability.
“The Huey II upgrade reduces direct maintenance costs (DMCs), improves performance and enhances safety,” said Bob Poindexter, Huey II Customer Support and Services Program Manager for Bell Helicopter. “With more than 270 aircraft built, the Huey II is the only OEM approved UH-1H upgrade currently available.”
In addition to improved aircraft performance, the Huey II upgrade program has allowed for increased capabilities of COLAF maintenance personnel. COLAF’s ability to work directly with Bell Helicopter’s onsite support throughout the initial conversion process has allowed maintenance personnel to develop a broader understanding of the Huey II structural and maintenance differences from the UH-1H.
“The program began with an onsite full-time Bell Helicopter technical representative supporting the in-country upgrade program for the initial Huey II conversion,” added Poindexter. “Following the initial upgrade, COLAF has been completing all conversions. The program overall allows for the increased fleet longevity and better cost oversight and forecasting.”
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