Spanish Ministries of Defence and Interior: 36 H-135 helicopters
Operated by Air Force, Navy, National Police, and the Guardia Civil
The Spanish Ministries of Defence and Interior have ordered 36 H-135 helicopters. This signature takes place in the context of the stimulus plan activated by the Spanish government to support the industry. The Ministry of Defence will receive 18 aircraft to be operated by the air force and the navy while the Ministry of Interior will also take delivery of 18 helicopters to be operated by the National Police and the Guardia Civil. The deliveries will start next year.
The Spanish Army already operates a fleet of 16 H-135 helicopters. With this acquisition, these will be the Spanish Air Force’s first H-135s and the Spanish Navy’s first Airbus Helicopters product. As was the case for the H-135s acquired some time ago by the army, the new aircraft for the air force and navy will replace older helicopter models currently used for advanced pilot training. The standardisation of training fleets across the three armed forces will create synergies and lead to the implementation of new and more efficient training and support activities.
The Ministry of Interior currently has a fleet of 31 aircraft from the H-135 family in operation with the National Police, the Guardia Civil, and Tráfico. The new units will enable the Policía and Guardia Civil to replace the BO-105 helicopters in a wide range of missions including law enforcement, surveillance, and rescue activities.
Airbus’ light, twin-engine H-135 is equipped with the most advanced technologies available, including Airbus Helicopters’ own Helionix avionics suite. There are about 1,350 H-135 helicopters operated by 300 operators in 64 countries. The fleet has accumulated 6 million flight hours.
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