Paris Air Show 2-17: Nigerian Navy lining up Panther helicopters

28 June 2017

The Nigerian Navy is in talks with Airbus Helicopters over the procurement of three AS565MBe Panther helicopters for shipborne operations, a company executive told Jane's during the Paris Air Show.

He said the excellent performance demonstrated by the US Coast Guard's (USCG's) fleet of AS365-based MH-65 Dolphin helicopters is one of the main reasons for the Nigerian interest in the helicopter. The Nigerian Navy operates two former USCG Hamilton class cutters as offshore patrol vessels (OPVs).

The AS565MBe is the latest version in the Panther family and features several improvements over older models, including a full glass cockpit and more powerful SAFRAN HE Arriel 2N turbine engines.

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