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Information about 10406
Last update: 25 Aug 2015
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Aircraft Data
Reg: 10406
S/N: 2284
Year: 1990
 
Type:
 
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History:
 
Fate:
This aircraft was originally constructed by Aérospatiale in Marignane, France, but was dismantled right after completion and shipped to Sweden. The company FFV Aerotech in Linköping assembled the helicopter according to the Air Force's specifications and completed the aircraft in 1990.

The helicopter type, which was designated HKP 10, served as an Air Force search and rescue aircraft and operated parallel to BO105s and Bell 204s, but outlived them both. This machine, number "96" (nicknamed "Victoria") was operated at various Air Force Bases throughout Sweden.

ARMED FORCES HELICOPTER WING
1998 saw the structural birth of a new joint helicopter force - the Swedish Armed Forces Helicopter Wing. From 1 January 1999 the unit merged the helicopter operations from all the three military branches (Air Force, Army, and Navy) together. The new organisation had no impact on the HKP 10s other than providing them with a slightly wider range of tasks.

MODIFIED TO A “B” MODEL
H-96 was one of three Super Pumas that were modified into B models (HKP 10B) by HeliOne in Norway. The other ones were 10403 and 10408. The conversions were ordered in 2005 and they were carried out between 2007 and 2008. The helicopters were heavily delayed and had some initial quality problems upon the delivery. The purpose of the B model was to be able to participate in foreign peacekeeping operations in "Nordic Battle Group 08", but that participation was impossible due to the delayed delivery.

The B model is a sophisticated medevac platform with improved avionics and an enhanced nursing cabin. Some of its key combat features are IR suppressors, NVG, ballistic protection, robot detection- and self-protection system, engine particle separators and machine gun fittings.

The B models and their crews were prepared for a potential participation in a future International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) operation in Afghanistan. The training was mainly conducted at the F21 Air Force Base in Luleå, where the B models had been accompanied by two “D” models (10402 and 10407) that are fully dedicated training helicopters. Additional training was performed in Africa and Spain.

AFGHANISTAN 2011
In January 2011 the Swedish international medical evacuation unit, SAE ISAF MEDEVAC, was ordered to Afghanistan. The helicopter unit consisted of two HKP 10B Super Pumas that were based at Camp Marmal in Mazar-e Sharif, northern Afghanistan. The helicopters arrived in the area on March 24, 2011, became operational on April 2 and made the unit’s first in-country mission on April 3. The first two helicopters used for the Afghanistan service were 10406 and 10408 (callsign "Silverfox").

The SAE ISAF MEDEVAC unit carried out 82 inter-hospital medical transports during its two years in service. SAE ISAF MEDEVAC was replaced by the Swedish unit SAE ISAF UH-60 in at the end of March 2013. The new unit consisted of a total of four HKP 16 Black Hawks (callsign "Icepac") and about forty people. They were specialized in tactical on-scene medical evacuations, which was an operational improvement from the Super Puma's earlier role as an inter-hospital medical transporter.

SAE ISAF MEDEVAC’s two HKP 10Bs were transported to the helicopter squadron in Luleå, where they fulfilled their last few years in service prior to their retirement.

RETIREMENT
The HKP 10 (A, B and D) is in the process of being decommissioned from its duty in the Swedish Armed Forces, and the nine Super Pumas have been grounded one by one. A total of four helicopters were still operating in mid 2014, and by March 2015 only two remained in service. Both remaining helicopters were HKP 10Ds (10402 and 10407), and the last one of them is expected to operate no longer than December 2015.

The type was operated out of the F21 Kallax Air Base in Luleå the last year. They were primarily used to train some of the new pilots that were intended for the HKP14 (NH90).

The Armed Forces considered to sell six of its Super Pumas, namely 10402 (D), 10405 (A), 10407 (D), 10410 (A), 10411 (A) and 10412 (A). The average flight time accumulated by these airframes were about 6450 hours each. The three B models were not intended to be sold. 10406 (B) was handed over to the Aeroseum Aviation Museum in Gothenburg in February 2015. 10403 (B) was donated to the Armed Forces' technical school in Halmstad in August 2015.

MUSEUM
On 25 February 2015 tail number 96 (WHITEFOX 396) was handed over to the Aeroseum Aviation Museum in Gothenburg. The helicopter was flown from Luleå, and it made its final landing in military service at Säve Airport moments prior to 14:00. The aircraft will be displayed in Aeroseum's wide aircraft collection, and the museum states that it has the ambition to store the helicopter in an airworthy condition in order to enable possible flights in the future.
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