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Meet Spain’s newest traffic cop

Like this AS355 in service with a Brazilian operator, Spain's Trafico helicopters of the type will be sporting yellow in its paint scheme (Image © Airbus Helicopters)
Like this AS355 in service with a Brazilian operator, Spain’s Trafico helicopters of the type will be sporting yellow in its paint scheme (Image © Airbus Helicopters)

Airbus Helicopters has signed a contract with the Spanish Traffic Department (Trafigo) to supply a total of seven helicopters: four AS355 NP Ecureuils and three EC135s, with the latter aircraft to be operated by Spain’s National Police Force. Delivery will begin in 2014 with one EC135 and one AS355 NP and will be completed in 2016.

Spain’s Traffic Department (DGT) has been operating helicopters built by Airbus Helicopters’s predecessors Aerospatiale and Eurocopter since the 1970s. Its fleet of 18 helicopters is used for surveillance, traffic regulation and highway patrols from its central headquarters in Madrid and peripheral patrols throughout Spanish territory (excluding Catalonia and the Basque Country).

With the addition of these four twin-engine AS355 NP Ecureuil helicopters, the DGT will become one of the largest fleet operators of this model in the world.

Meanwhile, the fleet of EC135 helicopters operated by the Police’s Aerial Services will be increased to 16 aircraft. The Spanish Ministry of Defense recently also got two of six ordered EC135s for their Military Emergency Unit.

Source: Airbus Helicopters

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Six Super Pumas to Bolivia

The future Bolivian Air Force AS332 Super Puma (Image © Airbus Helicopters)
The future Bolivian Air Force AS332 Super Puma (Image © Airbus Helicopters)

The Bolivian military buys six Eurocopter AS332 Super Pumas from France, the office of the French president Hollande confirmed.

The Super Pumas are to replace the Bell UH-1H Iroquois (‘Huey’) helicopters of the Bolivian Air Force that are currently operate alongside Brazilian forces in counter-drugs operations. The first two AS332s should arrive in Summer 2014, with the last planned for December 2016.

The Bolivian Air Force currently operates a mixture of UH-1Hs, AS350, Alouette III and Harbin Z-9, while the Bolivian Army only has fixed-wing aircraft. It is unclear what the airworthiness of the Army’s solo Beechcraft King Air, Cessna 421 and CASA C-212 are, but one or more of the four Cessna 206 is/are believed to be flying.

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