The Spanish Air Force took receipt of its first H215 helicopter from Airbus Helicopters. The purchase was negotiated in July by the Spanish Ministry of Defence, through the NATO Support and Procurement Agency (NSPA).
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 aircraft carried out final test flights at the company’s Albacete plant on 22 September, where it was painted and fitted with specific mission systems enhancing its Search and Rescue (SAR) and personnel recovery/CSAR missions.
The helicopter boasts additional fuel tanks, an emergency buoyancy system, a high-frequency radio, a hoist, and a cockpit compatible with night vision goggles, among other equipment.
The new H215 helicopter will be assigned to the Spanish Air Force’s 802 Squadron/RCC Canarias and will arrive at its base in Gando (Gran Canaria) before the end of the year.