Airbus Helicopters has delivered the fourth H215 Super Puma helicopter ordered by the Spanish Air Force (Ejército del Aire), the company announced.
The helicopter will perform Search and Rescue (SAR) missions and will be assigned to the Air Force’s 802 Squadron/RCC Canarias based at the Gando Air Base in Gran Canaria, like the three H215s delivered since 2016. Gran Canaria is the second most populous of the Canary Islands, an archipelago off the Atlantic coast of Northwest Africa which is part of Spain.
The purchase of the helicopters was negotiated in July, 2016 by the Spanish Ministry of Defense, through the NATO Support and Procurement Agency (NSPA).
A member of the tried-and-tested Super Puma family, the H215 (formerly known as AS332) is a twin-engine, heavy rotorcraft equipped with state-of-the-art technologies, which complies with the most stringent safety standards. Its onboard equipment includes multi-function digital screens and an advanced 4-axis autopilot which provides flight envelope protection, unrivalled precision, and stability in even the harshest operating conditions.
The Spanish H125s are fitted with specific mission systems enhancing its Search and Rescue (SAR) and Personnel Recovery/Combat SAR (CSAR) missions. They 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 (NVG), among other equipment.
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.