The Portuguese Air Force (PoAF) AgustaWestland AW 101 Merlin medium helicopter fleet has achieved the milestone of 10,000 flying hours since he has been received in 2004.

Under a leasing agreement firmed between DEFLOC-Locação de Equipamentos de Defesa SA who has procured the fleet and the Portuguese MoD, the PoAF is operating twelve helicopters on search and rescue tasks, fishery surveillance, tactical transport and medical evacuation missions.

The fleet is operated by the Squadron 751 “Pumas” at Montijo air base 6.

In 2008 AgustaWestland signed a 15 years contract with DEFLOC-Locação de Equipamentos de Defesa SA for the long term provision of support for the twelve helicopters operated by the Portuguese Air Force. Under the Full In Service Support (FISS) contract AgustaWestland has taken full responsibility for the second level maintenance of the aircraft as well as the provision of spares, repairs and technical support services.

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