Eurocopter Gets English Contract To Extend Life of Puma Medium Transports

by: Matthew Potter
September 30, 2009

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The current operations in Iraq and Afghanistan continue to demonstrate the need for personnel and cargo lift by helicopters. The English military operates a mixed fleet of Boeing CH-47 and Eurocopter Puma aircraft to perform this mission. Over the last eight years all components of their transport aviation have seen heavy use. The English government announced that they have awarded Eurocopter a contract to perform significant upgrades and life extensions for the Pumas.

The contract will be worth about $400 million and will add a new cockpit, avionics and engines to the aircraft. The work to upgrade twenty-eight aircraft should be completed in five years. The new engines will improve performance in high altitude and temperature conditions faced by units in Afghanistan. Like the United States Army which is upgrading their CH-47 and UH-60 fleet with new more powerful engines to face conditions in South West Asia the Puma will get a boost in performance. This will improve capability and provide better support to operations there.

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