Eurocopter has confirmed that the Mexican Air Force will receive six additional EC 725s Cougar helicopters.
The Mexican Air Force had already ordered six EC 725s during the official visit of President Sarkozy to Mexico last year.
The Franco-German-Spanish company –a subsidiary of EADS- stated today that it “…will now be supplying a total of 12 EC725s to Mexico’s SEDENA (Secretaría de La Defensa Nacional) beginning in the second quarter of 2011 for use in transport and civil security missions”.
The EC 725 is the latest version of the Cougar family. As Eurocopter points out, “…this 11-ton class medium-lift, twin-engine helicopter is equipped with five main rotor blades. With its impressive fuel capacity, the EC725 offers a flight endurance of 5.30 hours. It can carry up to 29 passengers in addition to the flight crew, and was designed to perform a wide range of missions.”
The new EC 725s will fulfill a number of missions such as CSAR, transport, MEDEVAC and other special operations tasks.