Eurocopter AS532U2 Cougar
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netherlands Koninklijke Luchtmacht


Royal Netherlands Air Force





Del'd: 17 - 1996 to present





Helicopters

Koninklijke Luchtmacht AS532U2 Cougar

17 AS-532 Cougar medium weight transport helicopters were delivered from May 1996.
By 2009 they received a Mid-Life Update programme. On April 2011 was announced a premature retirement of these helicopters as part of a Dutch defense cuts plan. In 2012, 9 of them were put in storage with the rest to be phased out in 2017 but in 2014 they were all reactivated due delays in the NH90 delivery program. Expected to be in service until at least 2018.

On February 2018, RNLAF signed contract with Heli-One for maintenance support of 12 operational Cougars plus 5 in storage.


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News


Hot Blade 2018 in Portugal, 08-May-18 : Portugal hosting for 4th time the European Defence Agency (EDA) helicopter exercise Hot Blade. 12th edition take place at Beja May 7-23 with Belgium, Germany, Hungary, Slovenia and the Netherlands

Heli-One to Support RNLAF AS532 Cougar, 27-Feb-18 : Heli-One, CHC MRO provider, signed with the Royal Netherlands Air Force (RNLAF) to provide on-site Intermediate/Depot-level maintenance on 12 AS532 and to support 5 additional in storage

Black Blade 2016 in Belgium, 08-Nov-16 : European Defence Agency’s Helicopter Exercise Programme (HEP) organizing exercise Black Blade (BB16) for special forces in Belgium




Units


YearsUnitsbold : Current base of the Unit
1996/    300 Squadron Gilze-Rijen AB
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