Dec 15, 2014
Airbus Helicopters delivers second Super Puma to Bolivian Air Force
The FAB purchased the light-medium helicopters in late 2013 to fight drug trafficking and perform various other internal security missions. The first helicopter was delivered in August and the remaining four are expected to enter service by 2016.
The deal includes a technology transfer programme that comprises the training of technicians and pilots in France and Bolivia.
Once fielded, the Super Pumas will augment 16 Bell UH-1H 'Huey' helicopters (delivered in 1975), 2 AS350B3 Ecureuils (2009), 1 SE3160 Alouette III (2007), 2 EC 145s (2012), and 6 Robinson R44 Raven II trainer helicopters (2011) in making up the FAB's rotary-wing fleet.
More than 110 Super Puma helicopters are currently in service in Latin America and Airbus has orders pending for more than 50 additional aircraft..