Bolivia to receive its last three Super Pumas in 2016

WASHINGTON,  Bolivia is scheduled to receive its last three AS332 Super Pumas from Airbus Helicopters in 2016, completing a 2013 order.

The Airbus Helicopters-built AS332 Super Puma is a medium-weight, twin-engine aircraft used for carrying industrial-sized equipment. Photo courtesy of Airbus Helicopters
The Airbus Helicopters-built AS332 Super Puma is a medium-weight, twin-engine aircraft used for carrying industrial-sized equipment. Photo courtesy of Airbus Helicopters.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Bolivian Ministry of Defense ordered six AS332 C1e Super Puma helicopters from manufacturer Airbus Helicopters in September 2013, with the first two delivered in 2014, and the third in 2015. Bolivian Defense Minister Reymi Ferreira says the helicopters will be used for fighting drug trafficking and smuggling as well as humanitarian operations.

The Airbus Helicopters-built AS332 C1e is designed to perform in a variety of environments, providing protection against sand ingestion and icing, with crash-worthy seats installed for pilots and co-pilots.

The aircraft is fitted to carry large payload volumes, and can be customized for seating 20 passengers or troops. Custom options include armor plating for pilot and co-pilot seats, wire strike protection and an external beam for fast roping.

Ferreira also announced Bolivia will seek to procure two transport aircraft by 2017.

By Ryan Maass

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