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AIRBUS HELICOPTERS COMPLETES AS565 MBE PANTHER DELIVERIES TO MEXICAN NAVY
Wednesday, December 6, 2017
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MARIGNANE, France - The Mexican Navy received its final two AS565 MBe Panther helicopters during a delivery ceremony at Airbus Helicopters in Marignane. The Mexican Navy ordered ten units in 2014 and is the launch customer of this new version. Airbus delivered the first four helicopters in 2016 and the remaining six during the course of 2017.

Stationed at three naval bases in the Mexican states of Veracruz, Sonora and Michoacan, the helicopters perform an average of 300 flight hours for reconnaissance, patrol missions and training flights.

"The arrival of the MBe Panther has enhanced the Navy Aviation’s operational capabilities," explained Admiral Jose Maria Garcia Macedo, the Mexican Navy’s General Director of Naval Aviation. "It is a modern, multi-mission helicopter that we can use in both maritime and land environments for a wide range of missions, including maritime SAR, disaster relief, external load operations and even air ambulance."

To carry out such a range of missions, the MBe Panther makes use of advanced mission equipment that includes a cargo hook, a rescue hoist, forward-looking infrared (FLIR) for night-time rescue missions and a total of four stretchers for medical evacuation.

Source:  Airbus
Source Date: December 6, 2017
Posted: 12/07/2017

 

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