Chile Gets World's First Cougar AS532 ALe

  • Our Bureau
  • 02:45 PM, March 27, 2014
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The Chilean Army took delivery of the world’s first Cougar AS532 ALe on Tuesday, March 25 at the FIDAE International Air and Space Fair in Santiago, Chile.

This new aircraft is the latest member of the Cougar family and features the same four-axis autopilot and glass cockpit as the EC225. It is the ninth Cougar helicopter to be delivered to the Ejército de Chile. 

“This is an important day for Chilean aviation. We are very proud to be the first operator of this new version of the Cougar,” said General Sergio Retamal, aviation commander for the Ejército de Chile. “The Lamas we once flew were replaced by Pumas and now Cougars. Thanks to these aircraft, we are a reliable ally for rescue operations and natural disaster response, among other missions." 

 

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