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  Raytheon Australia accepted its first Bell 429 helicopters for the RAN’s Retention and Motivation Initiative 2 (RMI 2) Program in February 2012 three A109E Power aircraft provided by the company under its original RMI contract. Under a the $26 million four-year contract signed in September 2011, Raytheon Australia is providing the Navy with three new build Bell 429 helicopters for 1,500 tasking hours per annum. In August 2015 a fourth helicopter was delivered.

The Royal Australian Navy marked the introduction of the Bell 429 helicopter into service with a ceremony held by their operating unit 723 Squadron based at HMAS Albatross on 5th June 2012

The RMI arrangement provides the Navy with supported aircraft to “maintain and develop the skills” of junior RAN aircrew prior to flying operational helicopters.

Operating since 2007, the Retention and Motivation Initiative aims to provide the Navy with contractor supported aircraft to allow junior qualified aircrew to consolidate and enhance their skills prior to flying operational helicopters.

 
     
 

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History

N49-218 050 57218 VH-POJ C-GADH
C-FDOW
N452P C-GADH Bell Canada,
C-FDOW Bell Helicopter Textron,
N452P Bell Helicopters test,
VH-POJ Raytheon Australia,
08/2015 received as N49-218
In service 723 Squadron, RAN FAA

Highlight for Album: Bell 429 N49-218

N49-047

 047 57047 VH-NPP C-GFNO,
C-GLCV
N455KB C-GFNO Bell Canada,
C-GLCV Bell Helicopter Textron,
11/11/2012 N455KB Bell Helicopters test,
23/02/2012 VH-NPP Raytheon Australia,
05/06/2012 Inducted into service as N49-047,
In service 723 Squadron, RAN FAA

Highlight for Album: Bell 429 
N49-047

N49-048

048 57048 VH-NPQ C-GLZK,
C-GLFX
N455MB C-GLZK Bell Canada,
C-GLFX Bell Helicopter Textron,
11/12/2011 N455MB Bell Helicopters test,
20/03/2012 VH-NPQ Raytheon Australia,
05/06/2012 Inducted into service as N49-048,
In service 723 Squadron, RAN FAA

Highlight for Album: Bell 429 N49-048

N49-049

049 57049 VH-NPR C-GFNO,
C-GLIK
N455NB C-GFNO Bell Canada,
C-GLIK Bell Helicopter Textron,
11/12/2011 N455NB Bell Helicopters test,
20/03/2012 VH-NPR Raytheon Australia,
05/06/2012 Inducted into service as N49-049,
In service 723 Squadron, RAN FAA

Highlight for Album: Bell 429 N49-049

 
     

The Authors of this page are Brendan Cowan and Batman. Updated by Martin Edwards

Sources: Defence Media Centre, www.helis.com, www.rotorspot.nl , www.navy.gov.au , www.aussiemodeller.com.auMessageboard Discussion

Emails: Graeme Kenderdine,  Calum Gibson,

Updated 14th February 2017

     

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