Last Friday, the French General Directorate for Armament (DGA) received two upgraded AS532 Cougars for the French Army Aviation. Airbus Helicopters was awarded with a modernization program by the French General Directorate for Armament, for the French Army Aviation's 26 Cougar aircraft. The upgrade includes a new avionics suite and an automatic pilot similar to that of the H225M (formerly the EC725), which brings a similar human machine interface between the two aircraft - an operational advantage for the crew.
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Three AS532 Cougars were upgraded in 2013, with five more in 2014. An additional seven aircraft will be delivered in 2015. In April 2014, the modernized Cougar successfully participated in its first operational deployment in Mali as part of Operation Barkhane alongside the Tiger, and has already demonstrated excellent capabilities.