The Spanish Army Airmobile Force (FAMET) has taken delivery of the first two Tiger HAD-E helicopters and the first NH90 GSPA tactical transport helicopter from Airbus Helicopters.
Assembled at the company’s plant in Albacete, Spain, the helicopters successfully completed the industrial phase, airworthiness certification and technical acceptance.
Airbus Helicopters España chief executive officer Francisco Vergé said: "Our close relationship with the Spanish Army and the different departments of the Directorate-General of Armament and Equipment (DGAM) has been crucial to ensuring the success of these two high-tech programmes."
Airbus Helicopters España is under contract to deliver 22 NH90 GSPA helicopters to the Spanish Armed Forces through to 2021, in addition to 24 Tiger helicopters.
To date, the company has delivered six HAP-E Tiger helicopters to the Spanish Army’s attack helicopter battalion.
The new HAD-E version includes a new MTR-E turboshaft with 14% more power, an improved optronic vision system, Spike air-to-ground missiles, an identification friend or foe system, coupled with an interrogator, and a new electronic warfare and countermeasure system.
The GSPA helicopter is engineered for technical missions, such as troop transport, search and rescue missions, and personnel recovery and medical evacuation during day and night in all types of environments.
All Spanish NH90 helicopters are scheduled to be assembled at Airbus’ Spanish plant, which will also manufacture the front fuselage section both for the Spanish and export helicopters.
Alongside the Industrial Participation Plan, the two programmes are ensuring that Spanish industry, headed by Airbus Helicopters España, is fully involved in the lifecycle for the helicopters, from the design stage through to flight testing and certification.
Image: The Spanish Army’s two Tiger HAD-E helicopters. Photo: © Luis Vizcaíno.