Saturday, March 21, 2020

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The Cameroon Air Force received a second Bell 412EP helicopter, bringing its fleet to four.

The aircraft (TJ-XRA) was removed from the U.S. registry on September 20, 2019 and transferred to Cameroon, in transit through the Netherlands in October. It was partially dismantled for the trip. 

According to Air Forces Monthly, the aircraft (ex N412GC, C-FOEP) was built in 2006 and seems to be the second acquired in 2019, another having been delivered in May (apparently TJ-XEM, ex C-FOFE). 

The Cameroonian Air Force received its first two Bell 412EPs in February 2010, although one was lost in a fatal accident on November 22, 2010 and a replacement aircraft was delivered in 2015.

The Cameroonian Bell 412s are widely used by the BIR (Rapid Intervention Battalions) responsible for the fight against terrorists in the region. Helicopters perform search and rescue, medical evacuation, transport and command support, air patrol and training support missions. They are also used for maritime surveillance in support of coastal forces, ensuring the security of Cameroon's offshore oil exploitation facilities. Anti-poaching patrols are also part of their tasks. 

The Cameroon Air Force also has two Mi-24V attack helicopters, several Gazelles armed with HOT anti-tank missiles, several Harbin Z-9s, several Mi-17V-5s, Bell 206B Jet Rangers, Pumas, Dolphins and Alouettes in its fleet of rotary wings.