The US State Department has approved a possible sale of Bell 412EPi and 429 helicopters to the government of Guyana.
Guyana’s potential purchase of two Bell 412EPi and two Bell 429 light utility helicopters has an estimated value of $256 million.
Also included in the sale would be two WESCAM MX-10 cameras, mission equipment, and contractor-provided pilot and maintainer training.
“This proposed sale will support the foreign policy and national security of the United States by helping to improve security of Guyana, which is expected to grow to be an important force for political stability and economic progress in South America,” the US Defense Security Cooperation Agency said in a statement.
The helicopters would perform homeland defense, maritime surveillance, patrol, and interdiction missions, in addition to countering narcotic trafficking and transnational criminal organizations.
The South American country’s defense forces already operate decades-old Bell 206 and Bell 412 helicopters.