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Bell Textron announced on 23 September it has signed a collaboration agreement with Elektroniksystem- und Logistik-GmbH (ESG) to install the latter’s Mission Management System in a Bell 429 helicopter as a law enforcement demonstrator, to be used to showcase the rotorcraft’s capabilities to police and military authorities in Europe and elsewhere.

With the Bell 429 certified to the latest certification standards in its class, combined with market-leading customer support – it was imperative to team up with a top German technology company such as ESG,” explained Duncan Van De Velde, Managing Director, Europe & Russia. “Bell and ESG are committed to providing the best solution to the parapublic market and will work together to showcase this offering.”

ESG has been developing, integrating, and operating complex and security-related electronic and IT systems for the military, public authorities and industry for over half a century. The Munich-based company is a leading international system and software company, providing development and service processes for software-intensive, complex, high-tech and security-related products. “By pairing our Mission Management System with the reliable Bell 429, we believe we can provide the best parapublic solution to the region,” commented Daniel Högemann, Project Manager Mission & New Generation Helicopters, ESG.

With over 400 Bell 429s around the globe and 100 operating in Europe, the aircraft has been one of the most successful light twin helicopters on the market since its certification in 2009. It is a proven system, operated by premier law enforcement and for search and rescue missions. For police and military missions, the surveillance system is one of the most important items of equipment on the helicopter. In order to conduct the mission, the customer must have confidence that the system can perform in an emergency situation. ESG’s Mission Management System has set the standard for police surveillance missions by providing state-of-the-art integration of mission equipment.

The demonstrator will, it is believed, further enhance the already high profile of the Bell 429 as a compelling candidate for law enforcement operational requirements. (Image: Textron)

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