The Swedish Armed Forces set a major step in decommissioning the aging Aérospatiale HKP 10 (AS332) Super Puma when Ronneby/Kallinge Air Base (F17) stopped operations with the type on 4 December 2014.
The HKP 10s are slowly being replaced by the new NHIndustries NH90, of which nine have been delivered so far. The Försvarets Helikopterflottiljen at Ronneby will also continue operations with the HKP 15s (Agusta 109LUHs), while the field serves mainly as one of the three Main Operating Bases with two dozen of JAS 39C/D Gripen fighter jets.
Luleå/Kallax Air Base (F21) in the far north of Sweden continues to operate about four HKP 10s until also there the final Super Puma will be relieved by the NH90s. Sweden has operated the Aérospatiale medium-lift helicopter in SAR and other roles since 1988.
© 2015 Airheadsfly.com editor Marcel Burger
Swedish Armed Forces AS332 Super Puma no. 90, called HKP 10 in Swedish service (Image © Marcel Burger)