The Argentine government has signed a ARS103.8 million (USD2.5 million) contract with state-owned company FAdeA to put into service 10 of 20 Agusta (Bell) AB 206 helicopters purchased from the Italian government and received in January 2018.
Five of the helicopters will be for the Argentine Army and will receive new avionics, while the other five will go to the Argentine National Gendarmerie and will not be upgraded. The plan for this year is for eight aircraft to be delivered (four for each force), with the remaining aircraft delivered in 2020.
Meanwhile, one example of the type that has remained in Italy to train Argentine pilots and mechanics, and which was upgraded there, will be sent to Argentina in May to become the first AB 206 to enter service at the Army Aviation School.
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