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Special operations

Special operations

Special operations are highly demanding missions that depend on performance, maneuverability, range and discretion. 

Airbus’ military rotorcraft product line is up to the challenge, offering a full range of capabilities in the lightweight and heavy categories.

Aircraft

Light single-engine helicopters

Airbus’ single-engine H125M has a small visual silhouette, reduced radar signature and the agility to perform combat flight – including nap-of-the-Earth profiles, making this two-ton-class rotorcraft a versatile special operations platform.

It can carry a machine gun or cannon, sniper rifle and air-to-ground guided missiles, with growth potential available for guided rockets and air-to-air missiles. As one of the most capable helicopters in its class, the H125M delivers excellent capabilities, especially in high and hot environments.

Light twin-engine helicopters

The three-tonne category H135M can be equipped with a wide range of communications and navigation equipment, including tactical VHF/UHF radios and a satellite communications system, providing data transfer capabilities for exchanging reconnaissance, surveillance and target data with other forces or unmanned aerial vehicles.

The H135M is offered with a stand-alone weapon system (SAWS) that integrates a multipurpose mission computer; electro-optical system with infrared/TV camera and laser rangefinder; helmet-mounted sight display; and a ballistic targeting system, among other features. Providing upgraded high and hot performance, increased maximum takeoff weight, improved flight envelope and extended range, the H135M can also be armed with a range of weapons.

When fitted with an external hook or hoist, the H135M is a special operations workhorse, accommodating up to six persons and two pilots in the cabin.

In the four-tonne class, Airbus’ H145M opens a multitude of deployment possibilities with its power, range, endurance and payload capability. Employing an open-system architecture, the incremental weapon system can accommodate a wide choice of ballistic and guided weapon configurations.

The optimized ratio of the cabin volume to the ground footprint, along with its low sound levels and reduced infrared signature, make the H145M a discreet and efficient ISTAR (intelligence, surveillance, target acquisition, and reconnaissance) platform.

Further adding to its capabilities are Airbus’ state-of-the-art glass cockpit and Helionix® avionics suite – coupled with a highly capable 4-axis digital autopilot system – which ensure the H145M can perform demanding special missions with high efficiency and precision.

 

Heavy helicopters

Airbus’ Cougar/Super Puma family is proven in special operations missions, combining lift capability, range and survivability.

Its latest version, the 11-tonne-class H225M, continues this heritage. The H225M’s large cabin accommodates up to 29 cabin seats, or 20 energy-absorbing wall mounted seats, and easy access via two large double central sliding cargo doors and two individual hinged doors for the crew.

Ready for deployment in all environments, the H225M is qualified for flight in icing conditions, for day and night operations with state-of-the-art night vision goggle compatibility, and in sandy or maritime conditions. Its glass cockpit and avionics includes a highly advanced automatic flight control system with a 4-axis dual duplex digital autopilot.

The H225M’s outstanding range of 700 nautical miles is extended with the rotorcraft’s air-to-air refueling capability during flight as well as in hover. Its Sirina planning system enables missions to be prepared quickly and precisely according to the helicopter’s performance, with armament possibilities ranging from side-mounted gun pods or rocket launchers to machine guns in forward cabin windows. Mission equipment includes dual hoists, abseiling, fast roping systems and a sling.

 

Specialised helicopters

Rounding out special operations is the NH90, a multi-role platform for deployment from land and sea, with mission equipment including fast rope/rappelling system, single or dual hoist, and a door-mounted machine gun. The spacious modular cabin accommodates up to 20 equipped troops, and its rear ramp enables vehicles, mobile weapons and other equipment to be rapidly loaded/unloaded.

Latest-generation avionics incorporated in the fly-by-wire NH90 are a 4-axis autopilot and a tactical 360-degree radar, among others. It also features a tactical forward-looking infrared (FLIR) sensor that is interfaced with the helicopter’s radar and navigation system. The Data Link 11 digital data link facilitates information exchange with airborne, land-based and seaborne platforms.

The NH90 is qualified for all-weather operations from sea level to 6,000 meters, including flight in continuous icing conditions.

 

Infographics

H135 military training infographic      
H135 military training infographic
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18 April 2017

H135 military training infographic

Airbus Helicopters: the world's military training helicopter of choice

H145M Infographic      
H145M Infographic
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24 February 2017

H145M Infographic

The new “turnkey solution” designed for the most demanding operations

Infographic H225M      
Infographic H225M
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10 October 2017

Infographic H225M

Designed for the most demanding missions

Photos

The multi-role workhorse      
The multi-role workhorse
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23 November 2017

The multi-role workhorse

As a true multi-role platform, the H225M enables military forces to deploy wherever and whenever needed.

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Airbus Helicopters delivers final H145M to the German Air Force      
Airbus Helicopters delivers final H145M to the German Air Force
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26 June 2017

Airbus Helicopters delivers final H145M to the German Air Force

German defence minister Ursula von der Leyen receives 15th H145M LUH SOF for German Special Ops Forces

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Airbus Helicopters delivers final H145M to the German Air Force      
Airbus Helicopters delivers final H145M to the German Air Force
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26 June 2017

Airbus Helicopters delivers final H145M to the German Air Force

German defence minister Ursula von der Leyen receives 15th H145M LUH SOF for German Special Ops Forces

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Airbus Helicopters delivers final H145M to the German Air Force      
Airbus Helicopters delivers final H145M to the German Air Force
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26 June 2017

Airbus Helicopters delivers final H145M to the German Air Force

German defence minister Ursula von der Leyen receives 15th H145M LUH SOF for German Special Ops Forces

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NH90      
NH90
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19 October 2016

NH90

NH90 TTH Présentation IHEDN 2016 de l'Armée de Terre, Base militaire de Satory-Versailles (78) les 18 et 19 octobre 2016.

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NH90      
NH90
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19 October 2016

NH90

Presentation IHEDN 2106 de l'Armée de Terre, Base militaire de Satory-Versailles (78) les 18 et 19 octobre 2016. Photo © Nicolas Gouhier et Christophe Guibbaud pour Aibus Helicopters, NH90 TTH Présentation IHEDN 2016 de l'Armée de Terre, Base militaire de Satory-Versailles (78) les 18 et 19 octobre 2016.

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NH90      
NH90
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19 October 2016

NH90

NH90 TTH Présentation IHEDN 2016 de l'Armée de Terre, Base militaire de Satory-Versailles (78) les 18 et 19 octobre 2016.

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NH90      
NH90
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18 October 2016

NH90

NH90 TTH Présentation IHEDN 2016 de l'Armée de Terre, Base militaire de Satory-Versailles (78) les 18 et 19 octobre 2016.

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Troop transport and MEDEVAC      
Troop transport and MEDEVAC
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18 October 2016

Troop transport and MEDEVAC

The H215M can carry a crew of two plus up to 20 troops for transport missions. It can accommodate six patients on stretchers plus 10 other passengers on medical evacuation flights.

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H145M Bundesweswehr      
H145M Bundesweswehr
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12 July 2016

H145M Bundesweswehr

Airbus Helicopters has delivered the 15th and final H145M multi-role helicopter to the German Armed Forces (Bundeswehr).

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NH90 TTH      
NH90 TTH
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03 January 2016

NH90 TTH

NH90 TTH Armée Belge

NH90 TTH      
NH90 TTH
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03 January 2016

NH90 TTH

NH90 TTH Armée Belge

NH90 TTH      
NH90 TTH
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03 January 2016

NH90 TTH

NH90 TTH Armée Belge

NH90 TTH      
NH90 TTH
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03 January 2016

NH90 TTH

NH90 TTH Armée Belge

NH90 TTH      
NH90 TTH
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03 January 2016

NH90 TTH

NH90 TTH Armée Belge

Heavy attack helicopter      
Heavy attack helicopter
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10 June 2015

Heavy attack helicopter

The H225M has been deployed in combat service worldwide, including deployments in Afghanistan, Libya and Mali. An evolution of Airbus’ proven Cougar/Super Puma military rotorcraft, the H225M is the latest version of this 11-tonne class helicopter family.

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Military Transport      
Military Transport
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16 April 2015

Military Transport

The H215m can accommodate six patients on stretchers plus 10 other passengers on medical evacuation flights.

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H225M      
H225M
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06 January 2015

H225M

H225 M Transport Commandos CARACAL

H225M      
H225M
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06 January 2015

H225M

H225 M Transport Commandos CARACAL

H225M      
H225M
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06 January 2015

H225M

H225 M Transport Commandos CARACAL

H145M Infographic      
H145M Infographic
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24 February 2017

H145M Infographic

The new “turnkey solution” designed for the most demanding operations

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