As of 2018, more than 300 helicopters were operating in Southern Cone markets, serving the needs of over 100 customers and covering almost all the modern Airbus Helicopters versions: H125, H130, H145, H155, H215 and H225.
Airbus helicopters are operated by several branches of the Chilean armed forces, including the Army and Navy, along with such public security institutions as the Carabineros and Investigations Police of Chile (PDI).
The Chilean government has been a key Airbus customer in the region since the 1970s. As of February 2019, the country operated 12 light and medium airlifters from the Airbus military transport product line: the C212, CN235 and C295. Two of the three C295 are operated in an anti-submarine configuration.
Airbus Defence and Space has built the two most powerful Earth observation systems ever developed for Latin America. One of them is FaSat Charlie, which is owned and operated by the Chilean Air Force. Launched in 2011, SSOT-FaSat Charlie was designed for a lifespan of only five years, but has continued to operate perfectly since its entry into service.
Following an 8.8-magnitude earthquake that struck Chile in 2010, Airbus and its employees provided aerial support for the delivery of food and basic necessities to Chile’s National Office for Emergencies, the ONEMI. Supplies were flown in aboard an A330-200F freighter jetliner that was exhibited at the FIDAE international air show in Santiago.
After floods ravaged Chile’s northern provinces of Antofagasta, Atacama and Coquimbo in 2015, the Airbus Foundation provided an H125 helicopter to support rescue efforts carried out by the Chilean Carabineros’ special operations group, the GOPE.
During a particularly devastating fire season in 2017 (during which more than 587,000 hectares were ravaged across eight regions), Airbus Defence and Space provided imagery taken by its Pleiades satellite constellation to support firefighting efforts.
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