The second Super Puma AS332 C1e has been delivered to the Bolivian Air Force (FAB) on 12 December. In 2013, the FAB purchased six of these light-medium helicopters to fight drug trafficking and perform civil security and public service missions throughout the country. The first helicopter was delivered in August of this year and the four remaining helicopters will be delivered between now and 2016.
The official handover ceremony held in Cochabamba, was attended by Bolivian President Evo Morales. The contract for the Super Puma helicopters also includes a logistical support package. The relationship between the FAB and Airbus Helicopters dates back to the 1970s with the Lama and Alouette. In 2009 these were replaced by the Ecureuil AS350 B3.
In 2012 the FAB added two EC145 helicopters to its fleet, which were followed by another two in 2014. These helos demonstrated versatility, resilience and reliability during the rescue operations following the floods that ravaged the eastern part of the country at the beginning of this year and on missions to transport authorities during the G77 summit held in June in the Bolivian city of Santa Cruz.
Source: Airbus Helicopters