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Two EC135s delivered to Spanish Ministry of Defence

15th January 2014 - 16:22 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

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Airbus Helicopters has delivered the first two of eight EC135 helicopters to the Spanish Army Airmobile Force (FAMET), as part of a contract signed in December 2013 with the Spanish armament procurement agency.

The aircraft will be used to provide combat pilots of the Spanish Army with advanced training in tactical missions, in preparation for missions in larger platforms including the Cougar, Tiger and NH90 helicopters.

The deliveries bring the Spanish Ministry of Defence’s total fleet of EC135s to 16 helicopters, making it the largest military operator of the EC135 helicopter in the world.

The six remaining aircraft will be delivered over the course of 2014, and will also be allocated to the CEFAMET Helicopter School Battalion, the Spanish Army Airmobile Force training centre.

Francisco Vergé, CEO, Airbus Helicopters España, said: ‘The EC135 meets the requirements of the Spanish armed forces in full, and this contract is another show of confidence in us on the part of the Spanish Ministry of Defence.’

Spain has a fleet of more than 60 EC135s. In addition to its military training role, the aircraft is also widely used by the country’s security forces, forming part of the fleets operated by the Civil Guard, National Police and National Road Transport Authority. The EC135 also provides emergency medical transport.

The contract will also see Airbus Helicopters support fleet sustainability under a logistics package.

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