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Spain orders H135 helicopters

Spain has ordered 36 Airbus H135 helicopters for use by the armed forces and police/civil guard.

Announced on 23 December, the order includes 18 helicopters for the air force and navy to augment the 16 already operated by the army. Deliveries will commence in 2022.

“As was the case for the H135s acquired some time ago by the army, the new aircraft for the air force and navy will replace older helicopter models currently used for advanced pilot training. The standardisation of training fleets across the three armed forces will create synergies and lead to the implementation of new and more efficient training and support activities,” Airbus said.

The light utility H135 has accommodation for seven (including two flight crew) in its standard configuration, and boasts a maximum take-off weight (MTOW) of 2,980 kg; a maximum payload of 1,360 kg; a top speed of 140 kt (259 km/h; 161 mph); a range of 342 n miles (633 km; 393 miles) with standard fuel and at normal MTOW; and an endurance of 3 hours 35 minutes.

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