The Tanzania Air Force appears to have taken delivery of the first of two H225 helicopters from Airbus Helicopters.
An H225 in Tanzania Air Force markings was seen passing through Valencia, Spain, on 6 September and Faro, Portugal on 7 September. It was subsequently spotted at Gran Canaria the following day. However, one source suggested it was returned to the factory and will be delivered to a private operator in Tanzania, while Airbus Helicopters could not provide additional information.
The helicopter seen last month was wearing the test registration F-WWOT with the serial 5H-TAF taped over. ‘Tanzania Air Force’ was clearly written on the tail boom.
According to the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI), Tanzania ordered two H215 Cougar and two H225 Super Cougar helicopters in 2017.