The Ecuadorian Air Force (Fuerza Aérea Ecuatoriana: FAE) has received three of four new Leonardo AW119 Koala helicopters, which will be assigned to Air Combat Wing No. 22 (Ala de Combate Nro. 22), based in Guayaquil.
The deliveries began in mid-March and the third helicopter arrived on 2 April, according to the FAE. It is unclear when the last platform will be delivered. The helicopters will be used for search-and-rescue operations.
According to the FAE, the Koalas were acquired using replacement insurance for lost aircraft, namely an Atlas Cheetah fighter that crashed in December 2017 and a Beechcraft T-34C trainer aircraft that crashed in March 2015.
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