First announced in July 2020 and confirmed exactly one year later, a helicopter procurement master plan (PDOH, Plan Director de Obtencion de Helicopteros ) is a government-funded program to assist Airbus' Albacete helicopter plant and includes the supply of the H135 helicopter to the Spanish armed forces and police. The H135 is build in Germany but the Spanish factory would be in charge of the final assembly and / or completion of the aircraft.
In a first phase that is expected to be completed between 2023 and 2026, 11 helicopters will be delivered to the Air Force to replace the S-76 and another 7 to replace the Navy's MD500s. In both cases with a training main mission although the navy aircraft may be navalised.
At the same time, 18 helicopters will be delivered to replace the current fleets of both the Civil Guard (Guardia Civil) and the National Police.
In a second phase, 23 more aircraft will replace Air Force EC120 and Army EC135 bringing the total of H135s to be acquired to 59.
At HeliExpo 2022, was announced the selection of Pratt & Whitney Canada over Safran to supply the engines for the new helicopters
Airbus Delivered First of 36 H135 to Spain, 28-Oct-22 : #H135 Airbus Albacete plant delivered the first H135s to the Spanish National Police and Civil Guard. Part of 36 helicopters ordered last year by the Ministries of Defence and Interior (18 each )
Spain Selects the EC135P3H Variant of the H135, 10-Mar-22 : Heli-Expo 2022 Spain selected the Pratt & Whitney Canada PW206B3 engines to power 36 Airbus H135 / EC135P3H twin-engine Helicopters for the Air force, Navy, Guardia Civil and National Police
Spain Orders 36 Military and Police H135, 24-Dec-21 : #H135 Airbus Spain will deliver starting next year 11 H135 to the Spanish Air Force (replacing S-76) and 7 to the Navy (replace MD500). Another 18 will be delivered to the National Police and Civil Guard (Bo105/Bk117)
List of Aircraft
|C/N||Mod||Built||ID In this Org||In other Org|
|1244||ec135t3|| EC-034: Airbus Albacete, test serial D-HCBF, pictured (pic1) (pic2)|| : Eliance / Habock ntu? |
N-7092: Marinha UH-17 from Dec21, pictured (pic3)
|1247||ec135t3|| EC-037: Airbus Albacete, test serial D-HCBI|| : Eliance / Habock ? |
-: PR-HBY ntu
N-7091: Marinha UH-17 from Jul20
first landing on ship