Airbus Helicopters delivers another Super Puma to Bolivia

Airbus Helicopters has delivered the second Super Puma AS332 C1e helicopter to the Bolivian Air Force (FAB).

In 2013, the FAB ordered six helicopters to fight drug trafficking and perform civil security and public service missions throughout the country.

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The first helicopter was delivered in August 2014 and the four remaining helicopters will be delivered between now and 2016.

The official handover ceremony held in Cochabamba was attended by Bolivian President Evo Morales, members of the FAB High Command, France Ambassador in Bolivia, Michel Pinard, and Airbus Helicopters representatives.

Bolivia has a long association with Airbus Helicopters that stretches back to the early 1970s with the Lama and Alouette. In 2009, these were replaced by the AS350 B3.

In 2012, the FAB added two EC145 helicopters to its fleet, which were followed by another two in 2014. These helicopters are used for VIP transportation and to provide support in the event of natural disasters and emergencies.

There are more than 110 Super Pumas are currently in service and where over 50 are on order. The Super Puma helicopter family are able to operate at high altitude in the Andes, in the jungle and at extreme temperatures.

Terry Spruce

Terry is Senior News Editor and writes for both Corporate Jet Investor and Helicopter Investor. He is also responsible for our helicopter guides. Terry has been an aviation enthusiast since the early 1970s. He is a lapsed Private Pilot and ex-Piper Cherokee owner. He has flown a number of light aircraft and is comfortable sitting in the co-pilot's seat or the back of any aircraft. Before moving to journalism he was a banker for 20 years. You can contact him at: or follow him on twitter @Terry_Spruce

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