– 24 units delivered to the Iraqi Army, Jan 2011-May 2013.
– the Dillon 7.62mm M134T minigun
– M260 2.75in seven shot rocket launcher
– nose mounted Forward Looking Infrared (FLIR) camera for night vision
Prior to the emergence of the armed Bell 407GT variant in 2013, the drive towards the militarisation of the Bell 407 single-engined light helicopter had commenced in 2011 with a unique order for 24 units of the Bell IA-407 armed scout helicopter (IA = Iraqi Armed), configured to meet Iraqi mission requirements for CTCOIN operations.That order for 24 units of the Bell IA-407, an ideal variant which would suit Nigeria’s needs very well, was fulfilled in May 2013.
The Bell IA-407 of the Iraqi Army Air Corps are used for SURVEILLANCE and ANTI TERRORISM operations. Their absolute relevance to Nigerian CTCOIN needs no elucidation. The price is just right as well. These are simple, effective and laden with COTS accessories.
The Bell 407 was developed from the Bell Jet Ranger.
PHOTO CREDIT: GLOBAL MILITARY REVIEW