Spanish engineering company SENER and Babcock have delivered the sixth upgraded Agusta-Bell AB212 helicopter back to the Armada (Spanish Navy), the companies announced on October 29, 2018.
The helicopters have been upgraded under a life extension programme run by the Dirección General de Armamento y Material’s (Spanish Defence Ministry’s General Armaments and Materials Department).
The upgrade programme extends the service life of each helicopter by at least 15 years and is being undertaken at Babcock’s Aeronautical Maintenance Centre in Albacete.
The Armada has seven surviving AB212s, based at Rota Naval Air Station near Jerez, serving with Escuadrilla 003. The seventh and final helicopter was due to be redelivered to the Armada by the end of 2018.