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Portugal to have Kamov helicopters ‘operational’ by forest fire season

by TPN/Lusa, in News · 15-02-2018 14:53:00 · 0 Comments

Portugal’s Ministry of Internal Administration has said that it expects three Kamov helicopters that have been used to help fight forest fires in recent years to be operational in time for this year’s fire season, although they are currently out of action.

Portugal to have Kamov helicopters ‘operational’ by forest fire season

Of the state’s three heavy helicopters, one has had mechanical problems since 2012, while the other two have been awaiting repairs since 2015 - none of these form part of the firefighting forces. The remaining three Kamovs that are included in the force are also currently out of action - two for maintenance and the other because of “lack of certification”.
In comments to Lusa News Agency, the ministry explains that the two Kamovs that are currently being repaired are being given their 10-year revision. The third is operational, “although unavailable owning to lack of certification of a component by the aeronautics authority” and is set to go on for its 10-year revision this month.
However, the ministry says, these three Kamovs “should be operational for [use] in fighting fires” this year.

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