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21 Dec 2018

National Guard received the first Airbus H-225 Super Puma multipurpose helicopter

 

Today the National Guard of Ukraine received the first Airbus H-225 Super Puma multipurpose helicopter as part of single Unified aviation security and civil protection system of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Ukraine.

 

The ceremony took place at the Boryspil international airport. President Petro Poroshenko highlighted the importance of establishing an aviation security system in Ukraine.

 

Under the terms of the contract, the National Guard will receive 12 such rotorcrafts. According to experts, H-225 possesses the highest characteristics of speed, range, loading and reliability in the category of 11-ton two-engine cars. Characteristics of this helicopter are fully in line with the tasks performed by the National Guard.

 

"We have studied the successful experience of many countries and have developed a basic concept. These helicopters will be multifunctional and, if necessary, will be used to perform any tasks they are designed for. One more important point - we will have a Ukrainian maintenance center to enable not only repair and maintenance of these machines but also to receive orders from European partners and to strengthen cooperation with the European Union," Arsen Avakov admitted.

 

"This is a new level of international mutual assistance for our country and for the National Guard. The presence of these modern multifunctional helicopters will significantly increase the NGU capacity and enable us to perform the assigned tasks more quickly and efficiently,” colonel General Yuri Allerov said.

 

The National Guard regards H-225 as a means not only to transfer the personnel and equipment but also for multi-use in emergencies.

 

2 National Guard pilots have already been trained in France to use this type of helicopters. The course included theoretical part and practical, using the simulators and real crafts.

 

The preparation also involved 6 NGU engineers, who will directly provide repair and maintenance service. In the future, the National Guard aviation personnel will be trained with the participation of French specialists in Ukraine.

 

NGU press-service