Airbus Helicopters has delivered the second of six Super Puma AS332 C1e airframes to the Bolivian Air Force (FAB) following their order in 2013. The first was delivered last August, and the remaining four are scheduled for delivery between now and 2016.
The Airbus contract also stipulated a logistical support package to provide the FAB with training and resources necessary to ensure high fleet availability. Since the arrival of the first Super Puma, the FAB has benefited from the services of a permanent technical expert, an instructor pilot and a maintenance instructor. Additionally, a technology transfer program has facilitated the training of more than 100 FAB technicians and pilots.
Able to operate at high altitude and at extreme temperatures, the Super Puma family of helicopters is well suited to operations in Latin America, especially in the mountains and plateaus of the Andes. The AS332 C1e variants will be used by the FAB to fight drug trafficking and perform civil security and public service missions throughout the country.
The official handover ceremony was held in Cochabamba, Bolivia. Attendees included Bolivian President Evo Morales, members of the FAB High Command, Michel Pinard, the French Ambassador to Bolivia, and representatives from Airbus Helicopters.
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