Spanish Air Force takes delivery of its first H215
On the 3rd of October 2016, the Spanish Air Force received its first H215 helicopter for Search and Rescue (SAR) and Personnel Recovery/Combat SAR missions.
The Air Force’s H215 boasts additional fuel tanks that extend its range up to 560 km, an emergency buoyancy system, a high-frequency radio, a hoist, and a cockpit compatible with night vision goggles, among other equipment.
The H215 will be assigned to the Air Force’s 802 Squadron/RCC Canarias and will arrive at its base in Gando (Gran Canaria) before the end of 2016.
The new helicopter will directly enter into service, following a short training program for crews, who already have extensive experience of flying other versions of the Super Puma.
The Spanish Air Force operates several helicopters belonging to the Super Puma family, in both civil and military versions. The aircraft operate in 3 SAR Squadrons as well as in the 402 Air Force Squadron, which is responsible for the transport of senior government officials.
France deploys MAMBA air defense system to Romania
French armed forces in Romania deploy a MAMBA ground-to-air defense system to protect NATO forces in the area....
Apollo fund considers €500 million investment in Air France-KLM spare engines
The US fund Apollo is in talks to inject €500 million into one of Air France-KLM’s subsidiaries, which owns a...
UK Ministry of Defence launches helicopter fleet replacement tender
The British Ministry of Defence launches a tender to replace the 23 Puma HC2 of the Royal Air Force and three more helic...
Airports group ACI Europe sees passenger traffic returning faster than expected
Airports association ACI Europe believes passenger traffic will return to pre-crisis levels in 2024, a year sooner than...