7-Nov-2013 Source: Austrian Armed Forces
[electronic translation] Defense Minister Gerald Klug presented the first two modernized transport helicopter Agusta Bell 212 at the Air Support Command.Especially the avionics systems and the on-board equipment were replaced.
Through the use of night vision goggles new flight safety at night and in poor visibility has been increased. Also, the self-protection ability has been redesigned. New electronic self-protection systems, such as a missile warning system, radar warning receiver and a Täuschkörperausstoßsystem were installed.
“By upgrading, we achieve a significant increase in capacity and a significant increase for the safety of the crew,” said Defence Minister Gerald Klug. The modification of the entire fleet (23 machines) will be completed by the end of 2015. With this measure, the use of the AB-212 helicopter is secured for at least another 25 years in the complete spectrum of use.
The Agusta Bell 212 is a medium transport helicopter, has a two-bladed main and tail rotor, two turbine engines, skid landing gear, instrument is airworthy and approved for a total of 14 people. The helicopter will be used for cargo flights of any kind, for rescue and recovery flights for extinguishing forest fires and flights to discontinuation of parachutists. Also, the Battalion 25 – the only Airborne Association of the armed forces – is delighted with this reliable helicopter type.