Bell Unveils 407M Special Mission Aircraft


Bell officially introduced its 407M special mission aircraft at the 2023 Army Aviation Association of America Mission Solutions Summit. A variant of the Bell 407 civil utility helicopter, the 407M is designed for military operations such as light attack, special operations, anti-piracy and armed reconnaissance. Bell noted that it is also planning to offer special missions “M” configurations of other civilian helicopter models including the 412, 429 and 505.

“We are thrilled to be able to showcase the 407M in a configuration that can be an optimal solution for many,” said Brian Vollmer, Bell special mission aircraft program manager. “Many of the military operating environments around the world require an option in-between pure military and commercial platforms, and special mission aircraft can support that flexibility.”

The single-engine 407M offers a top cruise speed of 120 knots, 384-NM range and standard internal useful load of 2,300 pounds. It comes equipped with the Garmin G1000H NXi integrated flight deck and is powered by the Rolls-Royce 250-C47E/4 turboshaft engine. According to Bell, the 407 airframe has logged more than 6 million flight hours to date.

Kate O'Connor
Kate O’Connor works as AVweb's Editor-in-Chief. She is a private pilot, certificated aircraft dispatcher, and graduate of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.

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  1. Went to Quad A in 1990 in St. Louis and saw an RAH-66 Comanche mockup. The 206 lives on and on in various guises. Also, I remember hearing once that when the last Black Hawk goes to the boneyard the crew will ride back on a Huey.