The Bell UH-1Y combat proven utility helicopter that could be built in Romania in the future, at central Ghimbav, near Brasov, was presented in European premiere at the "NATO Days" event organised Saturday and Sunday on the airport near Ostrava, in the Czech Republic.The combat variant AH-1Z is not here, but here it is the multi-role combat version.(...) slated to transport the troops in the conflict area and bring them back in safety from the battle field. (...) It can also complete other missions (...), but its main mission is to defend you, your family and the other people in Romania from the hostile forces outside Romania's borders, Joel Best, director of Global Business Development Europe with Bell Helicopter, told AGERPRES.
He appreciated the openness of the Romanian authorities in the talks with Bell Helicopter and stressed the strategic and economic importance a future partnership would have.
The plan to bring this aircraft would be an outstanding success for the Romanian people, for the Romanian army. Our partnership with Romania for a brilliant future goes on, Joel Best said.
I believe it is very important that the Romanians understand that Bell Helicopter is interested to work in Romania in the future. So, we make no promises about the past, we focus on the future, not on the past. (...) We believe in the Romanians, we believe in them as partners within the NATO. The US is very interested (...) to make sure that it could work closely with Romania. Bell is a leader in industry, technology and innovation, and is looking to the Romanians and the Romanian industry to build successfully the AH-1Z and UH-1Y (...) as an important step towards future opportunities, Joel Best underlined.
Joel Best used to say in an interview for AGERPRES at the beginning of August that in Romania the conditions for success exist, and that in the case the agreement with Bell Helicopter will be inked by the Romanian gov't and the US administration, our country will become the only place outside the US (Amarillo, Texas) where the AH - 1Z and UH - 1Y will be manufactured.