Spain has purchased 12 EC 135 P2i helicopters that will be operated by the Spain’s National Police Force and the Spanish Guardia Civil.

The EC 135 is a twin-engine multipurpose helicopter featuring technological developments such as an advanced cockpit design, modern avionics, the Fenestron anti-torque device and a bearingless main rotor system.

The aircraft is also equipped with energy-absorbing fuselage and along with crash-resistant fuel cells.

The Spanish police will operate six of the EC 135s while the rest will add to Spanish Guardia Civil fleet.

The 12 systems will add to the 14 EC 135s already operated by the police and the Guardia Civil.

Four of the helicopters will be delivered in 2010 followed by four more in 2011 and the remaining four in 2012.