The Ecuadorian Air Force has ordered six H145M multipurpose helicopters for defence and security missions, Jane’s learnt on 28 November.
Together with the helicopters Airbus will provide a training and support package. No contract value or delivery timeline for the helicopters was disclosed.
The new helicopters will be assigned to the 22 Fighter Wing at Guayaquil and will be tasked with transport, search and rescue, combat, medical evacuation, surveillance, and security missions.
The service is replacing its Indian-built HAL Dhruv helicopters with this new platform. Ecuador bought seven such helicopters a decade ago, four of which were lost in accidents with the remaining three being grounded.
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