The fourth upgraded Agusta Bell 212 (AB212) has been delivered by SENER and Babcock to the Spanish Ministry of Defence as part of a project for extending the lifespan of seven AB-212 helicopters by at least 15 years.
The helicopters had entered service in 1974.
The upgraded rotorcraft will join three already upgraded examples which are currently operational with the Navy.
The two remaining aircraft, along with the prototype which is being used for development and certification purposes, will be handed over between 2017 and 2018.
The AB212 upgrade has resulted in the helicopters receiving a full replacement of the electrical systems and upgrade of the analogue cockpit to a fully digitalized one.
New functionalities such as radar, GPS navigation, night vision system, and protection and self-defence systems etc., have also been added.
SENER lead the design, integration, and engineering works for the AB212 upgrade, while Babcock was charged with some of the design, the installation, and land and flight testing, as well as certification through the INTA (Instituto Nacional de TÚcnica Aeroespacial - National Institute of Aerospace Technology).