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.

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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.