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Mexico and Airbus Helicopters could sign deal for 50 Super Puma utility helicopters 2805151

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World Defense & Security News - Mexico
 
 
Mexico and Airbus Helicopters could sign deal for 50 Super Puma utility helicopters
 
Mexico is reportedly in talks to buy 50 more Super Puma military helicopters from Airbus Helicopters a source familiar with the negotiations said, confirming a report on the La Tribune news website. A deal for the AS332 Super Puma helicopter could be concluded as early as the Bastille Day military ceremonies in Paris on July 14 when Mexico has put negotiations on the agenda for a visit by its president, the source said, asking not to be named.
     
Mexico is reportedly in talks to buy 50 more Super Puma military helicopters from Airbus Helicopters a source familiar with the negotiations said, confirming a report on the La Tribune news website. A deal for the AS332 Super Puma helicopter could be concluded as early as the Bastille Day military ceremonies in Paris on July 14 when Mexico has put negotiations on the agenda for a visit by its president, the source said, asking not to be named.
Mexican Air Force's AS332 Super Puma utility helicopter
     
Airbus Helicopters declined to comment. France's La Tribune said earlier the deal was close to being finalised and could be worth 2 billion euros.

The discussions, which were initially focused on 6-12 helicopters, "have accelerated about two months ago", Mexico wants now to acquire up to 50 Super Puma "which would be locally assembled," added La Tribune. The AS332 Super Puma is already in service with the Mexican Air Force.

This new contract will add to the recent success in Poland, where the army commanded by April 50 H225M Caracal helicopters.

The AS332 Super Puma is a four-bladed, twin-engine, medium-size utility helicopter developed and marketed by Airbus Helicopters. It is an enlarged and re-engined version of the original Aérospatiale SA 330 Puma.
It is powered by two Turbomeca Makila 1A1 turboshaft engines. Super Puma's last version, the AS332 L1e, is fitted with advanced avionics; a full glass cockpit with night vision goggle compatibility; the APM 2010 digital dual-duplex four-axis autopilot; and the latest generation navigation and flight management systems.