Spanish Ministries of Defence and Interior sign for 36 H135s

18 of the new H135 helicopters will be operated by the Spanish National Police and the Guardia Civil ©Francisco Francés Torrontera

The Spanish Ministries of Defence and Interior have ordered 36 Airbus H135 helicopters. The Ministry of Defence will receive 18 helicopters 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. Deliveries will start next year.

The Spanish Army already operates a fleet of 16 H135 helicopters. With this acquisition, these will be the Spanish Air Force’s first H135s and the Spanish Navy’s first Airbus Helicopters product. As was the case for the H135s 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.

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