Croatia’s ministry of the interior has become the first European customer for the Subaru Bell 412EPX with an order for two examples of the medium-twin.

Delivery of the two rotorcraft is expected in October 2023, says the airframer. No details of the transaction value or the helicopters’ specification have been disclosed, however.


Source: Bell

Subaru became involved with the 412 programme as an offset for Tokyo’s selection of the rotorcraft as the winner of its UH-X contest to replace the Japan Ground Self-Defence Force’s fleet of UH-1Js.

Certification for the 412EPX was obtained in 2018. Changes over previous variants include increased payload and a longer gearbox dry-run capability. Maximum take-off weight is 5.5t, against 5.4t for the preceding 412EPI.