The two metric tonne-category H125M has high maneuverability and is well suited for high altitudes and hot climates. Regularly used for external lifting operations with a sling that usually is reserved for larger aircraft, this helicopter provides a very effective and cost efficient choice for fire-fighting missions.
Also in Airbus’ lightweight product line is the larger twin-engine H135M, combining a compact external footprint with a large flat-floor cabin. The H135M is capable of lifting its own empty weight, and the aircraft’s avionics and optional digital automatic flight control system (DAFCS) make it one of the most stable and low-workload platforms in service.
Utility applications for the H135M include transportation for authorities and dignitaries, while the communications equipment allows an onboard operator to interface with airborne and ground units as well as unmanned aerial vehicles.
The twin-engine H145M has become a benchmark for utility helicopters, being designed from the start to meet this segment’s operational needs. Its characteristics include an unobstructed flat floor cabin, large sliding cabin doors, rear clamshell doors, high-mounted tail rotor and exceptional cockpit visibility.
Like the H135M, Airbus’ H145M is able to lift its own empty weight, and the aircraft is offered with a range of swing, sling and hoist options. One of the largest single users is the U.S. Army, which has adopted it as the service’s Light Utility Helicopter – with more than 300 delivered in the UH-72A version.
The Dauphin family helicopters, like the AS565 MBe, are easily recognizable for their streamlined airframe and signature Fenestron® shrouded tail rotor. By delivering excellent performance and range, these rotorcraft are widely used around the world for demanding utility operations. They offer high cruise speeds and genuine all-weather capabilities, ensuring safe and smooth transportation.