6-Jan-2010 Source: DGA
The Directorate General of Armaments (DGA) has ordered the renovation of a second batch of five Cougar helicopters, including 4 from the Army and one from the Air Force. These are part of the contract to upgrade 27 Cougars, reported to Eurocopter in January 2008 amounting to 220 million euros.
The goal of the renovation of Cougar is to maintain their operational readiness for the next 20 years:
The main task of the Cougar helicopters is tactical transport (capacity about 20 persons), day and night. The missions are associated transport ofÂ equipment or supplies to the civilians in the event of conflict or natural disasters, in areas inaccessible by road.
The tactical helicopter airlift capability of the Army is both the Puma and Cougar. The renovated Cougar is likely to remain an essential vehicle for tactical transport, after 2011 alongside the NH 90 helicopter to replace the Puma. Delivery of the renovated aircraft is scheduled from 2012 to 2015.