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    united kingdom Royal Air Force

    Del'd: 24 - 2012 to present


    Royal Air Force Puma Mk2

    For the history of RAF Puma see Puma HC.1

    RAF Puma Mk2 replacement

    RAF Puma HC.2 are scheduled for retirement in 2025. The airframes dates back to the 1970s although they were extensively upgraded by then Eurocopter between 2009/2015. The replacement would result of a New Medium Helicopter (NMH) requirement, although as of March 2021 no official announcement has been made. Expected options available includes Leonardo (AW149), Sikorsky (Black Hawk) Airbus (H175M, H225M, NH90), Bell (525) and Boeing (MH-139)

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    RAF Puma Training at NAF El Centro, 09-May-21 : Royal Air Force Puma helicopters received environmental training at NAF El Centro in California for two-months. An essential step ahead of future NATO Resolute Support Mission deployments to Afghanistan. Chinooks will follow.

    RAF Pumas Supported Scottish Ambulance Service, 14-Jun-20 : #coronavirus Three RAF Puma deployed to Kinloss to support the Scottish Ambulance Service (SAS) in the Coronavirus (COVID-19) fight head back to RAF Benson after 3 months in Scotland

    RAF Puma Reached 1600 Days in Afghanistan, 04-Aug-19 : #Puma The RAF Benson Pumas Detachment based in Kabul, Afghanistan as part of Operation TORAL, is deployed since March 2015 to train, advise and assist (TAAC-Air) Afghan security forces

    Tiger Puma to Celebrate RAF 230 Squadron 100 Years, 09-May-18 : #RAF100 Royal Air Froce 230 Squadron celebrating its 100 years with Puma helicopter painted in Tiger colour scheme

    Airbus Sign Support for RAF Puma Mk2, 22-Dec-17 : Airbus sign £100M contract with UK MoD for full technical support and logistics of the RAF Puma Mk2 24 helicopters until March 2022. Fleet scheduled to be retired from service in 2025

    RAF Puma HC.2 Fleet Reaches 20,000 Flight Hours, 20-Dec-17 : The 24 Puma HC.2 delivered to the RAF between 2012 and 2015 reached 20,000 flying hours

    RAF Puma HC.2 Complete First Year in Afghanistan, 01-Apr-16 : In their first operational deployment, RAF Puma Mk.2 helicopters from Operation Toral completed one year in Kabul. They replaced the Chinook detachment on April 2015 in NATO mission Resolute Support

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    YearsUnitsbold : Current base of the Unit
    2015/    28 Squadron RAF Benson
    2015/    PCOCU RAF Benson
    2012/    33 Squadron RAF Benson
    2012/    230 Squadron RAF Benson

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