In October, the Romanian government announced that it will acquire Airbus Helicopters H215 and H215m (for defence use) Super Puma transport helicopters from IAR S.A. Brașov, which partnered with Airbus to market Super Puma helicopters to Romania and prospective third-party export customers.
The Romanian Minister of National Defence Mihai Fifor announced that the H215 will be inducted within the Romanian Army as well as Romania’s Ministry of Interior. Romania’s objective is to see its armament suppliers not just sell equipment, but to partner with Romania’s domestic industry.
Airbus Helicopters is engaged in a 15-year partnership with Romania’s IAR S.A. Brasov, which will market and manufacture the H215 and H215m. During this period, Airbus anticipates that Romania could acquire up to 60 H215/H215m to supplant its legacy Puma and aging Super Puma helicopters.