Airbus Helicopters has completed the delivery of the last of ten H215M rotorcrafts to the Chilean Army.
Chile initially ordered eight of these helicopters in 2008 before adding two more in 2013 and 2014 respectively.
All of the ten heavy-weight, twin-engine helicopters will serve the Helicopter Battalion of the Chilean Army’s Air Brigade.
Chilean Army brigadier-general Núñez Kocher said: “This helicopter complements the army’s fleet, which now includes latest-generation aircraft with the ability to perform multiple missions across the entire country.
“Our confidence in this helicopter is based on the positive operational results it has achieved since coming into service in 2009. The H215M has proved its versatility and reliability across the Army’s numerous and demanding operations.”
The H215M forms a part of the Super Puma family and offers multi-mission capabilities and optimum performance in extreme operating conditions.
It is equipped with modern avionics to offer the soldiers with long-range capabilities, power, speed and a large useful payload.
To date, the Chilean Army’s H215M fleet has recorded 10,000 flight hours.
In addition to H215Ms, the army operates other Airbus Helicopters rotorcraft such as the single-engine AS350B3, the twin-engine AS355NP and the Puma SA330L.
With an ability to operate in both high and hot conditions and jungle environments, the Super Puma helicopters currently serve with the armed forces of more than 43 countries worldwide.
Image: To date, the Chilean Army’s H215M fleet has recorded 10,000 flight hours. Photo: © Airbus Helicopters.