By S.L. Fuller | December 7, 2017
Spain’s Ministry of Defence has received its fifth upgraded Agusta Bell 212. Engineering and technology group Sener and Babcock España, partners on the deal, are on contract to deliver a total of seven modernized helicopers, which all entered service in 1974, according to Sener.
Sener said that, in general, it has been responsible for the design, integration and engineering works. Babcock España has been responsible for design, installation, and land and flight testing. Babcock España is also leading the certification process carried out through the Instituto Nacional de Técnica Aeroespacial (National Institute of Aerospace Technology).
The avionics and equipment upgrades should allow the Spanish Navy to get at least 15 more years out of its AB-212s. The helicopters are receiving full replacement of the electrical systems, replacement of the analogue cockpit for a fully digitalized cockpit, new radar, GPS, night-vision system, and protection and self-defense systems, among other items.
The two last units in the seven-unit deal are slated for delivery in 2018.