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Spain gets first NH90 helicopters

16th September 2016 - 13:30 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

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The Spanish Army has taken the delivery of the first two NH90 tactical transport helicopters from the Airbus Helicopters, it was announced on 14 September.

The Directorate General of Armament and Equipment (DGAM) completed the transfer from the Airbus Helicopters plant in Albacete, Spain.

The Spanish Army has renamed the NH90s as HT-29 Caimans, and they will form part of Spanish Army Airmobile Force’s (FAMET's) Third Manoeuvre Helicopter Battalion (BHELMA III), based at the Héroes del Revellín Barracks in Agoncillo. A third helicopter was delivered earlier in September to the FAMET and is stationed at the Agoncillo base, where it is carrying out training missions.

Airbus Helicopters will deliver two more NH90s by the end of 2016. The company has a contract to supply 22 NH90 helicopters to the Spanish Armed Forces, under a delivery schedule that runs up to 2021.

Airbus Helicopters and the Spanish Ministry of Defense signed an agreement in December 2014 for the delivery of the first NH90 tactical transport helicopter for FAMET.

The Spanish version of the NH90 can perform missions like medical evacuation, personnel recovery, search and rescue and troop transport.

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