Modernized AB212 Gets New Certification
Spanish INTA (National Institute of Aerospace Technology) granted technical certificate to the Navy AB212 upgrade joint venture program performed by SENER and Babcock (ex INAER)
Sener, January 31, 2018 - Madrid, Spain - The joint venture formed by the engineering and technology group SENER and Babcock Spain has received the technical certificate no. 003/16 from INTA (the Spanish National Institute of Aerospace Technology) in its review 01, as part of the AB-212 helicopter program to extend their operational life for the Spanish Navy.
This certificate no. 2, which is related to the operational configuration CT2, extends the previous CT1 certification obtained by the joint venture in 2016. With the extended certificate, the in-flight operation of all the systems required in the contract is now permitted. These include the rescue crane, the tactical mission computer, the radar, the electro-optical system and the missile proximity warning system, as well as the weaponry system. All this equipment is integrated into a digitized Full Glass Cockpit.
Furthermore, the new accreditation enables the aircraft to operate day and night-time VFR (Visual Flight Rules) flights, as well as operating night-time flights using night vision goggles.
Service Life Significantly Extended
The program to extend the lifecycle of seven Agusta-Bell helicopters of the Spanish Navy, which came into service in 1974, will allow the service life of the helicopters to be significantly extended by incorporating upgrades in aeronautic equipment and providing them with new capabilities, such as radar, a night-vision system, self-protection and self defense means, among others, all of which are essential for operating efficiently in national and international scenarios that are increasingly demanding.
About SENER: SENER is a private engineering and technology business group founded in 1956. Its aim is to offer its clients the most advanced technological solutions and to achieve international recognition based on its independence and commitment to innovation and quality. SENER has almost 2,500 professionals across its centers in Algeria, Argentina, Brazil, South Korea, Chile, China, Colombia, the United Arab Emirates, Spain, the United States, Morocco, Mexico, Poland, Portugal, the United Kingdom and South Africa. The group's operating revenue exceeded 910 million euros (2016 data).
SENER brings together its own Engineering and Construction activities with industrial holdings in companies working in the
field of Aeronautics and Energy & Environment. In the field of Engineering and Construction, SENER has become a leading
company worldwide in the fields of Aerospace; Infrastructure and Transport; Renewables, Power, Oil & Gas; and Marine.
About Babcock: Babcock has provided highly specialized engineering services for over 100 years. We help clients in Spain and all around the world improve the capacities, reliability and availability of their assets in the four market sectors in which we operate -Navy, Land, Aviation and Nuclear-, supported by an in-depth knowledge of technology, unique infrastructures and a specialized training. Babcock España is the leading company in Spain in air emergency and aircraft maintenance services, specialized in vital operations such as medical emergency, civil protect