UK: Training has begun on the upgraded Puma Mk2 helicopter

***EMBARGOED UNTIL 00:01 TUESDAY 26 NOVEMBER 2013***  UPGRADED RAF PUMA TAKES TO THE SKIESRAF crews from the RAF’s 33 and 230 Squadrons are now training with the upgraded Puma aircrafts.

The helicopters now have new engines, which improved their power (35%) and fuel efficiency. They can now fly faster and twice as far as the Puma Mk1. They also have highly advanced digitised glass cockpits and upgraded liquid-crystal display instruments.

The aircraft can be used for combat and humanitarian missions, and can be transported anywhere in the world since it can fit into a C-17 Globemaster transport aircraft.

The Puma MK2 can carry up to 16 fully-equipped troops and is ideal to transport personnel and equipment in and out of confined urban environments.

With its greater range, endurance and payload the Puma Mk2 helicopter will give the Royal Air Force significantly enhanced, agile capability in support of combat and humanitarian operations in even the most austere conditions.


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