First EH101 Merlin delivered to Portugal
22 Dec 2004
On 22 December 2004 AgustaWestland handed over the first of twelve EH101 Merlin Helicopters to Mr. Paulo Portas, the Defence Minster of Portugal. The Portuguese Government decided to procure 12 EH101 Merlins in December 2003. The EH101 was selected in favor of the Sikorsky S-92 and the Eurocopter Cougar Mk2+. Six of the 12 Merlins will be configured for SAR, four for CSAR and two for fishery protection duties. The EH101s will be operated by the Portuguese Air Force and replace the Puma helicopters currently operated in these roles.