Mexican Navy Panther helicopters handed over
30 Jun 2005
On 30 June 2005, Eurocopter officially handed over two Panther helicopters to Mexican Navy officials. The new helicopters are the next step in the modernisation program for the Navy of the United Mexican States. The contract for the two Panthers was signed in 2003, and included options for 8 more helicopters.
In 2002, Eurocopter was contracted to upgrade the navy's fleet of BO-105 surveillance and interdiction helicopters. The first upgraded examples have entered operational service.
The Panthers are able to operate from ships and perform coastguard, SAR, surveillance and drug enforcement operations and troop transport. To date, 259 Panthers have been sold, including 78 naval versions. The civilian version called the Dauphin successfully sold 490 to date, including 96 aircraft for the US Coast Guard.