The Albanian Air Force (Forca Ajrore) has put one of its more recent purchases to good use. An Airbus Helicopters AS532AL Cougar deployed to rescue those stranded after larger scale flooding in the areas of Beratit and Poro, Vlorë, in the south of the country.
The final AS532AL of the Forca Ajrore was delivered in November 2014. Two months after delivery it is now a full integral part of the air units at Färke Airbase south of the centre of the capital of Tirana. The choppers have different tasks, one is configured for Combat Search and Rescue (CSAR), one for VIP flights and two for regular transport tasks. Still coming are a pair or Eurocopter EC145s, for rescue and disaster relief operations with planned entry into service in 2015.
With all its fixed-wing aircraft in storage, the Albanian Air Force now only exists of rotary wing units. They keep the force small, but thanks to more recent purchases modern and efficient.
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