Portugal’s six Kamov firefighting helicopters described as “pile of scrap metal”

They cost the State €40 million to purchase in 2006 and then cost €10 million in maintenance for the next 11 years. But since 2018 Portugal’s six heavy-duty Russian Kamov helicopters have been grounded, waiting for the results of an audit to see whether it is even worth repairing them. Said Pedro Silveira of Heliportugal that used to operate the helicopters for the Portuguese State, they are now essentially just a “pile of scrap metal”.