The National Guard of Ukraine received the first two Airbus H225 Super Puma helicopters. The solemn ceremony took place at Boryspil airport on Friday, December 20.
Leading statesmen of Ukraine, President Petro Poroshenko and Interior Minister Arsen Avakov attended the ceremony. Airbus company representatives also joined the presentation.
'This day marks a huge event, bright evidence of the strengthening of the material basis of our border guards, rescue teams and the National Guard. It's a symbol of our effective cooperation between Ukraine and the EU in general, and between Ukraine, France and Germany in particular', Poroshenko said while presenting the aircraft.
The President admitted that Ukraine will get more of such helicopters under the contract, which was signed with Airbus earlier. 'The combat helicopters will reinforce the Armed Forces and expand the opportunities of the Ukrainian military in terms of defending the sovereignty, territorial integrity and independence of the state', he said. The President expressed confidence that the purchase wouldn't hurt the domestic helicopter engineering, because the market demands in this area are 'extremely high'.
Interior Minister Arsen Avakov added that one the helicopters will be immediately passed to the National Guard; the other one will be at the disposal of the State Emergencies Service.
Airbus H225 Super Puma is a long-range passenger transport helicopter developed by Eurocopter and Airbus, as the next generation of the civilian Super Puma family. It is a twin-engined aircraft and can carry up to 24 passengers along with two crew and a cabin attendant, dependent on customer configuration. The helicopter is marketed for offshore support and VIP passenger transport duties, as well as public service missions.