Dutch Cougar with machine gun 21092011
Eurocopter AS.532U.Mk2 Cougar c/n 2440 with tailnumber S-440 of the Royal Netherlands Air Force (RNLAF) with its machine gun installed during engine start-up at De Kooy Naval Air Station in The Netherlands (EHKD) on 21 September 2011. The registration is not clearly visible, but this must be S-440, as that is the only remaining Cougar in camouflage livery. The helicopters of both the Dutch air force and navy now operate under the unified Defence Helicopter Command. Accordiing to recently anounced budget cuts, the strength of the Cougar force would be reduced from 17 to three. But since then most of the Cougars were deemed indispensible because of their size and capabilities, including fire fighting. Eight will be retained. One is in storage, S-440 is still in camouflage livery and the other six were painted grey.
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