Wednesday, 15 March 2017

Mexican Navy unveil new AS565MBe, UH-60M helicopters

Mexican Navy fields new AS565MBe, UH-60M helicopters

Erwan de Cherisey, Paris - IHS Jane's Defence Weekly

14 March 2017

The Mexican Secretariat of the Navy (SEMAR) has officially unveiled its new Airbus Helicopters AS 565MBe Panther and Sikorsky UH-60M Black Hawk helicopters.

The announcement came during a 13 March ceremony at the Coatzacoalcos Naval Air Base, Veracruz, home to Naval Air Squadrons (ESCAN) 123 and 124 that operate the AS 565MB/MBe and UH-60M helictopers, respectively.

Mexico's naval secretary, Admiral Vidal Francisco SoberĂ³n Sanz, said at the event that about 56 of 63 aircraft to be procured for the navy during the 2013-18 period have been ordered.

SEMAR said it has received four AS 565MBe aircraft, the last two of which were delivered in France in December 2016 and recently arrived in Mexico.

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