Freshly delivered Bell 412EP helicopters in Lagos, 23 August 2012

Freshly delivered Bell 412EP helicopters in Lagos, 23 August 2012

These recent deliveries bring to six, the number of Bell 412 helicopters in service with the Police Air Wing.

According to the authoritative and leading Nigerian aviation weblog ‘AVIATION IN NIGERIA’ ;

“After retiring at two Bell 47Gs, two Bell 412s, and Bell 222 s in the 1990s, the Police Air Wing now operate the following types of Bell helicopters:

*. Bell 206 (2 units)

*. Bell 427 (3 units)

*. Bell 412 (6 units)

5N-PEJ, plus these two new units.


General characteristics
*. Crew: 1-2 pilots
*. Capacity: up to 13 passengers, maximum external load of 4,500 lb (2,040 kg)
*. Length: 56 ft 1 in (17.1 m)
*. Rotor diameter: 46 ft (14.0 m)
*. Height: 15 ft (4.6 m)
*. Disc area: 1,662 ft² (154.4 m²)
*. Empty weight : 6,789 lb (3,079 kg)
*. Max. takeoff weight : 11,900 lb (5,397 kg)
*. Powerplant : 2 × Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6T-3BE Twin-Pac turboshafts , 900 shp (671 kW) each
*. Fuselage length: 43 ft (13.1 m)

*. Maximum speed : 140 knots (161 mph, 259 km/h)
*. Cruise speed : 122 knots (140 mph, 226 km/h)
*. Range : 402 nmi (463 mi, 745 km)
*. Service ceiling : 20,000 ft (6,096 m)
*. Rate of climb : 1,350 ft/min (6.86 m/s)
*. Power/mass : 0.2663 hp/lb (437 W/kg) S


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  1. Donspony says:

    According to that blog, there seems to be quite a few crated choppers not being utilised.
    The consensus is that there are too few pilots in the NPF.

    Would like to know what extras they got onboard rather than as a bland civilian version.Upgrade options could be thermal image sensor, 360 degreevideo camera,tactical radios,Nitesun,harness and few other features.

  2. beegeagle says:

    Similar to the Agusta AW139 of the NAF and the MGC which also carries 15 passengers. The 16-seater Puma also belongs to this category (not to be confused with the 24-seater Super Puma which dominate the NAF fleet of Eurocopter choppers)

  3. beegeagle says:

    There was one which I saw listed for procurement after a 2009 meeting of the Federal Executive Council. It was listed as carrying miniguns.

    Hold on, lemme fish out some relevant materiel

  4. beegeagle says:

    As of the end of 2010, the Police Air Wing had these

    “four Bell 427, three Bell 206, one Bell 412, one R44, one Bell 47, one Swizzer 300 and (were) expecting an additional Bell 429 ”

    Commissioning the Police hangar at the Abuja Airport in March 2011, outgone Police Affairs Minister Humphrey Abah said

    “..that he had earlier commissioned a Bell 412 armoured helicopter and other scene of crime vehicles for the force in October last year(2010), the President added: “We are also expecting a delivery of additional Bell 412 and 429 helicopters and a Cessna Citation XLS for higher command and control and high level operational duties.”

    end of quotes

    Still searching for the details on specs. Stay tuned

  5. jimmy says:

    The fact that we actually discussing the merits and armaments of the bell choppers the purpose now is no longer in the procurement but in the maintenance we don’t need to see another HIGH ranking AIG die in a helio crash.
    Lastly affixing of TV cameras and thermal guidance systems should not be a problem that much BELL HELICOPTERS can do because it is non lethal.

    • Donspony says:

      Bar non-lethal options,most I’d add to a police heli is armour. Anything else is overkill.Rather useful mod are made other than just primarily for transport purposes alone.

  6. beegeagle says:

    What I am still looking for is the report on the unit which was commissioned in October 2010 alongside crime scene investigation vehicles. It had the details on specs. Perhaps there is a special CT variant. I am aware that the NYPD in America commissioned one of such not too long ago.

    Still searching

  7. doziex says:

    The role of these “HUEY” UH-1 bell helicopters in in suppressing vietcong activity in the mekong delta, is well documented in the annals of the vietnam war.

    If available in sufficient numbers, and if armed with rockets and the minigun, the huey would be almost effective as the mi-24/35 “hinds” in keeping the riverine maze in the niger delta, free of bunkering and insurgent boats.

  8. beegeagle says:

    I can hardly argue with that. Zimbabwean Bell 412 helicopters appear to be the armed version and alongside Mi-24V/Mi-35P attack helicopters, they ensured much wider and effective battlefield coverage in the Congo. That would not have been possible given the number of MiL helicopters which got thrown into the fray.

    A close replica of such a pairing would that between the F7 and BAe Hawk in the same theatre. The Hawk, like the A-Jet, is an advanced trainer. Same way the Bell 412, relative to the Mil attack helicopters, is a utility helo.

  9. Donspony says:

    In urban areas, use of police ‘gunships’ would be disastrous. Don’t see the need for firing rockets from a police helicopter at close quarters,chasing armed robbers or whatnot. If the situation escalates beyond ‘reasonable’, then the military should be called in.

    • peccavi says:


      • doziex says:

        Well guys, laser & wire guided missiles, were used with precision in iraqi cities to suppress insurgent strong holds.

        The isrealis often use the hell fire or their own laser guided equivalents, to take out hamas vbieds and weapons factories.

        And just as in the case of US predator drones, isreali gunships, are used for precision targeted assasinations in densely populated cities.

  10. beegeagle says:

    Another theatre where the Bell 412SP was used by the AFZ in combat operations was MOZAMBIQUE, circa 1982-92

    Interesting excerpts

    “All AFZ squadrons were in the process of training pilots and technicians when the Mozambican campaign started. A lot of young pilots had received training in China, North Korea, Romania, NIGERIA, Ethiopia, Greece, Libya and the former USSR.

    Their methods of operation and the types of aircraft they had been trained on were so different that they all needed to be retrained on local aircraft and on local Standard Operational Procedures (SOPs). The AFZ contracted flying and technical instructors from Pakistan but, although they did their job well, they were not familiar with local SOPs and some Zimbabwean aircraft were not available in Pakistan. ”

  11. beegeagle says:

    More recognition..this time from France

    AFRIQUE DEFENSE following Beegeagle’s Blog..

    (scroll down to the bottom of the page)

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