35 AS-61R (basically HH-3F
) airframes delivered from 1977. First 20 (batch Alpha) for national territory search and rescue (SAR) duties. Last 15 (batch Bravo) received from 1995 configured for Combat Search and Rescue (CSAR) with additonal avionics and protection. 24 units have been upgraded from 2006 as batch Charlie with new avionics in order to remain in service until replacement with aw139/aw149 around 2015. Two additional AS-61 in VIP configuration for 93 Gruppo.