Wednesday, November 12, 2008
Navy Doubles Its Dauphin Helicopter Fleet
Chile's navy acquired four SA-365F Dauphin II helicopters that had been retired from the Irish Air Corps. The deal adds to four other Dauphins that were acquired second-hand in 2005-06 in Brazil. The latest helicopters were purchased from a U.S.-based company for about $23 million, according to The Irish Times. The newspaper said the Air Corps sold the aircraft to the company, which made upgrades and in turn sold them to Chile. The Dauphins are used for patrol and search & rescue operations. They can also operate on the new offshore patrol vessels, and several more may be acquired to watch over Chile's extensive coastline. The Dauphins are replacing about a half-dozen outdated BO 105 helicopters.