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H215M

H215M

Rugged, fast and reliable

The H215M is a combat-proven multi-role medium-heavy helicopter, combining the Cougar and Super Puma family’s proven ruggedness with the H225M’s full glass cockpit, autopilot, and avionics. With competitive operating and maintenance costs, and the ability to be easily deployed and armed for ground attack and support missions, the H215M is an affordable and efficient heavy utility rotorcraft solution.


Ready for extreme missions and environments

Thanks to its rugged characteristics, reliability and excellent rate of availability, the H215M is perfectly suited for all utility missions and battlefield operations with its all-weather capability, long range, large cabin, high payload and unrivalled pilot assistance.

Aircraft

Unique pilot assistance

The H215M is equipped with the H225’s 4-axis dual-duplex digital autopilot.

Simple to operate through an intuitive glass cockpit that is compatible with night vision goggles, it includes a “first limit indicator” that provides a real-time power margin display and is highly appreciated by pilots. The H215M provides unique autopilot assistance; precision, stability and flight envelope protection for both optimised crew workload; and situational awareness resulting in better mission efficiency and safety in even the harshest operating conditions.

Competitive and multi-mission ready

Thanks to its size, reliability and rate of availability, the H215M is perfectly suited for all utility missions in extreme environments and on the battlefield.

The H215M is selected by customers around the world for its cost efficiency, long range capabilities and outstanding performance in high and hot environments.

Outfitted with the appropriate equipment, the H215M is capable of a wide range of missions:

  • Troop transport
  • Utility
  • Casualty evacuation
  • Search and rescue (SAR) and combat search and rescue (CSAR)
  • Special operations
  • Fire support

On call

Airbus’ H215M is mission-ready – at home in hot temperatures and at high altitudes. The rotorcraft’s discretion, low vulnerability, survivability and ability to fly in icing conditions ensure maximum operability – even in the most challenging situations.

Airbus’ H215M is mission-ready – at home in hot temperatures and at high altitudes. The rotorcraft’s discretion, low vulnerability, survivability and ability to fly in icing conditions ensure maximum operability – even in the most challenging situations.

It accommodates a variety of armament, and serves as a hefty transporter – able to lift 4.5 tonnes on a sling.

Thanks to a long fuselage that provides additional volume, the H215M is reliable, rapid and highly manoeuvrable – backed by excellent power reserves from its two Makila 1A1 turboshaft engines. 

Survivable

The H215M has a rugged fuselage that includes high energy-absorbing landing gear, along with self-sealing and crashworthy fuel tanks and armouring protection.

Crashworthy seats are installed for the pilot and co-pilot. The fuel tanks have designed-in crash resistance, while multi-purpose air intakes provide protection against sand and icing. 

Maintainable

The H215M was designed with maintainability in mind. Built-in tests for the onboard avionics allow support teams to perform troubleshooting without the need for specific tooling.

The H215M’s composite main and tail rotor blades are designed for long life and protection against erosion. Maintenance access in the field is facilitated by integrated steps and by engine cowlings that serve as a work platform when in the open position.

An exclusive Airbus feature is a 20-foot shelter-based container transportable by land, sea and air that brings maintenance capability to remote operating sites.

Visit the HCare Services page for more information about services.

Missions

Troop transport and MEDEVAC

The H215M can carry a crew of two to three plus up to 24 troops for transport missions.

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

 

The affordable SAR and combat SAR solution

The H215M offers exceptional range and endurance of over 600 NM or six hours that can be extended by hover in-flight refuelling (HIFR).

It can be operated in all weather including in icing conditions, and offers high mission efficiency thanks to its quick start-up procedure (around five minutes) and speed. Its pilot assistance and SAR modes are derived from the H225.

Special operations and fire support

Armament that are qualified for H215M firing missions include a dual-side window 7.62 mm gun, side-door mounted 20 mm gun, 20 mm gun pod of 180 rounds, 19 2.75-inch rocket launchers, and side-mounted rapid-fire machine guns.

 

Technical Data

Performance

One-engine inoperative (OEI 2 min30 s) 1,400 kW / 1,877 shp
Standard fuel tank capacity 1,567 kg
Max fuel tank capacity 2,334 kg
Hover ceiling IGE 2,800 m
Hover ceiling OGE 1,650 m
Fast cruise speed 258 km/h
Max range with standard fuel tanks at SL 776 km
Max range with Aux fuel tank  1,165 km
Max endurance with standard fuel tanks SL / aux fuel tank  4h 00 min / 6h 05 min

Dimensions

D-value 18.70 m
Rotor diameter 15.60 m
Internal volume 13.42 m3 

Characteristics

Crew + troops 1 to 3 crew + 24 troops
Max takeoff weight (MTOW) 9,000 kg
Max takeoff weight with external load 9,350 kg
Useful load 4,268 kg 
Max External load 4,500 kg
Engine type 2 x Safran Helicopter Makila 1A1 Turboshaft
Takeoff power 1,357 kW / 1,819 shp

Performance

One-engine inoperative (OEI 2 min 30 s) 1,400 kW / 1,877 shp
Standard fuel tank capacity 3,455 Ib
Max fuel tank capacity 5,147 Ib
Hover ceiling IGE 9,196 ft
Hover ceiling OGE 5,413 ft
Fast cruise speed 139 kts
Max range with standard fuel tanks at SL 419 NM
Max range with Aux fuel tank  629 NM
Max endurance with standard fuel tanks SL / Aux Fuel tank 44h 00 min / 6h 05 min

Dimensions

D-value  61.35 ft
Rotor diameter 51.18 ft
Internal volume 473.86 cu. ft

Characteristics

Crew + troops 1 to 3 crew + 24 troops
Max takeoff weight (MTOW)  19,844 Ib
Max takeoff weight with external load 20,615 lb
Useful load 9,409 lb
Max External load 9,920 lb
Engine type 2 x Safran Helicopter Makila 1A1 Turboshaft
Takeoff power 1,357 kW / 1,819 shp

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Ground Attack    
Troop transport and MEDEVAC    
Survivable    
On call    
A modern cockpit    
Airbus Helicopters and IAR sign an exclusive agreement for the H215M in Romania    
Airbus Helicopters delivers final H215M to the Chilean Army    
Airbus Helicopters delivers final H215M to the Chilean Army    
H215M take-off after dropping off a soldier    
Troop transport and MEDEVAC    
H225M in flight during a casualty evacuation duty    
Military Transport    
H215m: On call    
Airbus Helicopters delivers 2 upgraded AS532 for the French Army Aviation    
On call    
On call    
Survivable    
Competitive and multi-mission ready    
Competitive and multi-mission ready    
Competitive and multi-mission ready    

H215M news

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Airbus Helicopters and IAR sign an exclusive agreement for the H215M in Romania

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Airbus Helicopters delivers final H215M to the Chilean Army

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Airbus Helicopters delivers 2 upgraded AS532 for the French Army Aviation

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