Airbus Helicopters has delivered the second AS332 C1e Super Puma helicopter to the Bolivian Air Force (FAB) during a ceremony in Cochabamba, Bolivia.
Bolivia ordered six AS332 C1e helicopters from Airbus under an undisclosed contract in January 2014.
The contract includes a logistics package that will ensure high fleet availability in the next few years and a technology transfer programme.
The programme includes training more than 80 technicians and pilots in France and Bolivia, to foster development of the Bolivian aerospace industry.
Airbus is also supplying special tools to establish a maintenance centre, where intermediate inspections will be carried out and two operational bases for smaller inspections, to enable FAB to acquire strategic autonomy.
Powered by two Turbomeca Makila 1A1 turboshaft engines, the AS332 C1e Super Puma is a multi-role helicopter featuring a four-axis automatic flight control system, which is designed to operate in severe environments.
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The Super Puma family is claimed to be well suited for challenging Latin America missions, due to its ability to operate at high altitudes, both in the jungle and at extreme temperatures.
Specifically, the helicopters are designed for a wide variety of missions ranging from tactical transport to public service, surveillance, medical evacuation and the fight against drug trafficking. They are currently operational with 94 customers in 48 countries worldwide.
The first helicopter was delivered to FAB in August 2014, while the remaining four are scheduled to be delivered before 2016.
Image: The Bolivian Air Force’s second AS332 C1e Super Puma helicopter during the official handover ceremony in Cochabamba, Bolivia. Photo: courtesy of Airbus Helicopters 2014.