Chilean H215M deliveries complete
Airbus Helicopters has handed over the tenth and final H215M helicopter to the Chilean Army, the company announced on 19 December.
The aircraft will be deployed along with the rest of the fleet by the Helicopter Battalion of the Chilean Army’s Air Brigade.
Chile ordered eight H215M aircraft in 2008, with a further two units ordered in 2013 and 2014.
The fleet has achieved more than 10,000 flight hours to date across a range of missions, including humanitarian operations, firefighting and medical evacuation.
Brig-Gen Gustavo Núñez Kocher, commander of the Chilean Army’s Air Brigade, said: ‘This helicopter complements the army’s fleet, which now includes latest-generation aircraft with the ability to perform multiple missions across the entire country.
‘Our confidence in this helicopter is based on the positive operational results it has achieved since coming into service in 2009. The H215M has proved its versatility and reliability across the army’s numerous and demanding operations.’
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