(25 Jan 2022)
Airbus has delivered the final Dauphin
helicopter, an AS365 N3, to the Spanish Customs Service.
helicopter will reinforce the Customs Surveillance Service’s
capability to fight drug trafficking within the Strait of Gibraltar,
Alboran Sea and in Galicia.
The helicopter was customised at Airbus
Helicopters’ services in Albacete and comes outfitted with
mission gear comparable to an electro- optical system, a radar, a
tactical communications system and a search gentle, as most of
the patrol flights happen at night time.
Airbus has delivered the final Dauphin helicopter, an AS365 N3, to the Spanish Customs Service
Due to its long-range
gasoline tanks, the Spanish Customs’ Dauphin can fly as much as 3 hours and
half-hour and attain a quick cruise pace of 145 kts.
The Spanish Customs’ three Dauphins carry out
maritime patrol missions to trace, chase, and intercept high-speed
smuggling boats sometimes transporting contraband.
In 2021, the
Dauphin helicopters contributed to the seizure of greater than 200
tons of unlawful medicine in Spain, working with the Customized Service’s
45 vessels and land models.
“The Spanish Customs has been a longstanding
accomplice since 1985 and we’re very pleased with how, because the first
Dauphin was handed over to them in 2002, these helicopters have
carried out important duties for the inhabitants such because the battle
towards drug trafficking in a hostile surroundings,” stated Fernando
Lombo, Managing Director of Airbus Helicopters in Spain. “Thank
you to the men and women at Customs who’re taking full benefit
of the Dauphin’s marine patrol capabilities, flying the
excellent determine of virtually 1,000 hours a 12 months with every Dauphin
to guard our group.”
That is the final helicopter of the legendary
Dauphin household that has been manufactured in Marignane by Airbus
Helicopters. Over the previous forty years, greater than 1,100
helicopters have been produced, flying seven million hours in 70
completely different international locations.
Amongst its quite a few milestones, the
achievement of the world pace report in November 1991 stands out,
when the Dauphin reached 201 kts on a 3 km route.