Ukraine's National Guard has received the third helicopter under a contract with France's Airbus Helicopters, the National Guard's press service has reported on Facebook.
"The third Airbus H225 helicopter arrived in the [Ukrainian] capital today. It is supplied to the National Guard of Ukraine as part of the development of the single system of aviation security and civil protection of the Ukrainian Interior Ministry," the report said.
According to National Guard Commander Mykola Balan, together with this helicopter, the National Guard already has in its arsenal three modern aircraft, and their pilots have received theoretical and practical training from their colleagues in France.
He clarified that in general, the National Guard plans to expand its fleet to 12 helicopters, which will be used for the rapid movement of personnel over long distances to perform tasks, the evacuation of the sick and wounded, and for search and rescue operations.
According to the report, the National Guard is to receive four more helicopters from the French company this year.
The construction of new hangars for storing and servicing French helicopters is currently being completed in Oleksandriia, Kirovohrad region.
The National Guard recalled that the first Airbus Helicopters H225 arrived at its air base on December 21, 2018 and the second in December 2019.
Earlier reports said that the National Guard would receive ten helicopters in 2021-2022 as part of a contract with French company Airbus Helicopters.
Photo credit: Ukrainian National Guard/Facebook