BELL 407M

Weapons and mission equipment packages on the U.S. Munitions List are subject to the Arms Export Control Act and require approval for export from the U.S. Department of State. Some options and configurations pictured may only be available to non-U.S. customers through the U.S. Government’s Foreign Military Sales (FMS) process. All FMS cases for these aircraft are managed by the U.S. Army Multi-National Aviation Special Project Office (MASPO) In Huntsville, Alabama.

High-performance, unbeatable value

As the world’s most cost-effective, multi-role helicopter, the Bell 407M offers a versatile aircraft ideal for tactical missions. The Bell 407M builds on the proven features from the OH-58 and its 750,000 combat flight hours by incorporating a modern weapons system and integrated glass cockpit.

Missions

Light Attack
The responsive handling coupled with an array of direct fire weapons and integrated weapons management systems makes the Bell 407M ideal for Close Air Support / Close Combat Attack in support of conventional and non-conventional ground forces.
Special Operations
Provides air mobility of special forces to confined landing areas and supports a broad range of non-standard missions, including quick/aerial reaction force, airborne sniper platform, protective overwatch and high value target surveillance.
Armed Reconnaissance
Drawing from over 50 years of experience and the legacy of the Army’s longest serving light reconnaissance observation helicopter OH-58 Kiowa, the Bell 407M is a formidable light aircraft with a low-profile and a reduced audio signature. The 407M is ideal for maneuvering and masking in-and-around terrain and optimizing onboard sensors to locate and surveil high value targets (HVT).
Command and Control
The Bell 407M is equipped with multi-band FM, UHF, VHF, SATCOM and HF radios. This provides an effective platform to communicate, monitor, direct and maintain situational understanding and control in support of deliberate and contingency responses to natural and man-made disasters and events.
Anti-Piracy
Equipped for maritime interdiction to quickly and decisively locate and disable hostile aggressors that threaten coastal and interior waterway commerce.
The responsive handling coupled with an array of direct fire weapons and integrated weapons management systems makes the Bell 407M ideal for Close Air Support / Close Combat Attack in support of conventional and non-conventional ground forces.
Provides air mobility of special forces to confined landing areas and supports a broad range of non-standard missions, including quick/aerial reaction force, airborne sniper platform, protective overwatch and high value target surveillance.
Drawing from over 50 years of experience and the legacy of the Army’s longest serving light reconnaissance observation helicopter OH-58 Kiowa, the Bell 407M is a formidable light aircraft with a low-profile and a reduced audio signature. The 407M is ideal for maneuvering and masking in-and-around terrain and optimizing onboard sensors to locate and surveil high value targets (HVT).
The Bell 407M is equipped with multi-band FM, UHF, VHF, SATCOM and HF radios. This provides an effective platform to communicate, monitor, direct and maintain situational understanding and control in support of deliberate and contingency responses to natural and man-made disasters and events.
Equipped for maritime interdiction to quickly and decisively locate and disable hostile aggressors that threaten coastal and interior waterway commerce.

Features

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TekFusion Global Weapons Management System

A scalable weapons management system that ranges from entry level gun and rocket systems to a fully integrated digital cockpit. Optimized for the Bell 407M, the TFG WMS reduces pilot workload for weapons targeting and deployment. The system includes built-in safety features to ensure the weapons system is not accidentally or prematurely deployed and ensures seamless coordination between the WMS and the PATHFINDER™ Mission Management System.
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Advanced EO/IR Sensor

Complete with both visible and infrared sensors, the EO/IR enables long-range, accurate identification of targets to pinpoint threats at a distance and degraded weather, day or night. The EO/IR can be integrated into and displayed directly onto the cockpit Multi-Function Displays (MFD) when equipped with the Bell Basix Pro avionics system.
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CFD International Ordnance Mounting System

The CFD International design is a proven, flexible, precision-engineered weapon system for helicopters. It is a low maintenance design with quick disconnect features to enable easy installation and removal of various mission kits such as external auxiliary fuel cells, target spotting laser and mounts, external personnel carriers and weapons mounts. The modularity of the OMS - integrated with high-capacity ammunition magazines - allows for two to four configurable guided and unguided weapons stations and provides an optional sixth station endcap missile mount.
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Survivability Features

From armored pilot seats and ballistic-tolerant main rotor blades to a self-sealing fuel system and infrared suppression system, the Bell 407M utilizes durable, modern components to operate in any tactical environment. Equipped with passive detection of surface-to-air missiles and protection through chafe-flare.
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TekFusion Global PATHFINDER™ Mission Management System

A customizable tool created from tactical and special operations experience, the MMS enables easy user navigation and seamless command and control of mission execution. The intuitive interface and advanced system enhance operational efficiency while reducing pilot workload. Target locations and ranges can be passed from PATHFINDER™ to an optional digital WMS. Launch Acceptable Regions (LAR) or Weapons Engagement Zones (WEZ) can be displayed on the PATHFINDER™ moving map.
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Additional Armament

The Bell 407M can accommodate a wide range of armament, ranging from 7.62 mm machine guns/gun pods, .50 caliber machine guns/gun pods and 2.75 inch rockets/rocket pods plus the precision-guided Advanced Precision Kill Weapon Systems (APKWS), Griffin and HELLFIRE missiles.

Specifications

1+6

Capacity

120

Speed

384

Range
Performance
  • Max Cruise
    120 kts | 222 km/h
  • Range at VLRC
    384 nm | 526 km
  • Max Endurance
    3.8 hrs
*Std Max GW, ISA, Std. fuel - no reserve, at sea level
Capacities
  • Standard Seating
    1+6
  • Standard Fuel
    127.8 US gal / 483.8 liters
  • Aux Fuel
    19 US gal / 71.9 liters
  • Cabin Volume**
    85ft3
  • Aft Baggage Compartment Volume
    16 ft3 / 0.5 m3
  • Empty Weight - (Base 407GXi Aircraft)
    2,700 lbs / 1,224 kg
  • Max Gross Weight (Internal, Standard)
    5,000 lbs / 2,268 kg
  • Max Gross Weight Internal - Optional
    5,250lb / 2,381 kg
  • Max Gross Weight (External Load)
    6,000 lbs / 2,722 kg
  • Useful Load - Internal -Standard - Base 407GXi -Specification
    2,300 lbs / 1,043 kg
  • Useful Load (Internal, Optional, Base 407GXi)
    2,550 lbs / 1,156 kg
  • Cargo Hook Capacity
    3,100 lbs / 1,406 kg
Powerplant
  • Takeoff
    862 SHP / 643 kW
  • Max Continuous
    761 SHP / 567 kW
Rolls-Royce Model 250-C47E/4 turboshaft engine with dual digital FADEC.
Avionics

Enhanced pilot awareness with the GARMIN G1000H® NXi integrated Flight Deck with synthetic vision and terrain avoidance warning

 

  • Wireless connectivity with Flight Stream 510 allows pilots to quickly sync flight plans and upload databases from smart devices
  • Moving map can be displayed on HSI freeing up the MFD for flight planning and other uses
  • Multi-Pane MFD capability for pilot selectable display of 2 simultaneous page views on the MFD
  • Power Situation Indicator (Single Indicator for Quick Pilot Monitoring)
  • Fuel Flow Indication and Range Ring mapping
  • Tail Rotor Camera (Display on MFD)
  • Additional features and options include: WireAware, ADS-B out and in, Radar Altimeter, TAS/TCAS I Traffic, and XM Weather

     

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