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A combat-proven multi-role helicopter

As the latest member of Airbus’ military Super Puma/Cougar family, the 11-metric-tonne H225M has proven its reliability and durability in combat conditions and crisis areas that include Lebanon, Afghanistan, Chad, the Ivory Coast, the Central African Republic, Somalia and Mali, while also supporting NATO-led operations in Libya. The H225M is relied upon as a force multiplier by France, Brazil, Mexico, Malaysia, Indonesia, Kuwait and Thailand. 

Proven experience

Currently around 90 aircraft in service have accumulated more than 100,000 flight hours.


A combat-proven multi-role helicopter

As a true multi-purpose and versatile military asset, the H225M enables military forces to deploy wherever and whenever needed. Operating both from ships and from land, even in icing conditions, this helicopter has an all-weather capability supported by night vision goggle compatibility.

The helicopter’s outstanding 700 NM range can be extended with air-to-air or hover in-flight refuelling capabilities.

Powered by two powerful Makila 2A1 engines, the H225M’s five-blade rotor provides an exceptionally low vibration level, and the modular Spheriflex design of rotor mechanical assemblies allows for lower maintenance.

The H225M excels in a full range of military missions:
• Special operations
• Combat search and rescue
• Tactical transport
• Casualty / medical evacuation

As well as in public service missions:
• Search and rescue (SAR)
• Fire fighting
• Coast Guard
• Exclusive economic zone (EEZ) protection

A pilot’s machine

The H225M is equipped with avionics and communication systems that reduce crew workload while enhancing mission capability and safety. Airbus has incorporated significant advances in terms of the human-machine interface, ensuring pilots have access to the most important information for the most effective decision-making.

The H225M’s 4-axis dual-duplex automatic flight control system (AFCS) provides outstanding precision and stability; its upper modes integrate the engine limitations in all engines operative (AEO) and one engine inoperative (OEI) situations. The AFCS also includes SAR patterns, IFR procedures, and automatic approaches, and allows for fully automatic hovering whatever the speed.

At a glance, the flight crew has access to all navigation and piloting data, as well as an enhanced ground proximity warning system (EGPWS), traffic collision avoidance system (TCAS 2) and electronic warfare systems (EWS), while unpredictable information is displayed automatically when necessary.


Using the proven military heritage of Airbus’ Puma and Super Puma rotorcraft, the H225M was designed and is equipped for high survivability. Its airframe has reinforced structural main frames and is equipped with high energy-absorbing landing gear, along with self-sealing and crashworthy fuel tanks.

Cockpit protection is provided by armoured and energy-absorbing crew seats, while the cabin can be equipped with armour plating in the floors and walls or fitted with armour-plated carpets. The rotor blades’ multi-box construction enhances their resistance to bullet impacts.

Contributing to the H225M’s survivability is a radar warning receiver, missile approach warning system, laser warning receiver and chaff/flare dispensers. The engine exhausts can be fitted with infrared suppressors, with protection against sand and ice provided by inlet design and multi-purpose air intakes.

Mission equipment

The H225M carries a strong “punch” when called on, ready for everything from front-line missions to critical logistics support. Qualified armament includes a 7.62 mm machine gun in the forward cabin windows; along with 180-round 20 mm gun pods and 19-tube 2.75-inch rocket launchers.

Included in the mission avionics are a flight management system with Doppler, GPS satellite navigation and SAR modes; a digital moving map; a personal locator system; a loud speaker and a searchlight, among others.

Easy maintenance

From home base to the most remote locations, Airbus conceived the H225M with maintainability in mind.

The Safran Makila 2A1 turboshaft engines are of modular design for easy maintenance, and Airbus’ Spheriflex® fiberglass main rotor head is easy to adjust. The airframe includes a built-in step to access the engines.

Overall maintenance information is provided through the integrated health and usage monitoring system (HUMS).

See the HCare Service section for additional information on support services.


Tactical transport and utility

The high load capacity and easy cabin access of the H225M, combined with fast cruise speed, long range and in-flight agility make this aircraft the perfect tactical transport helicopter for troops and cargo.

Its large cabin and heavy-lift performance enables the rotorcraft to carry up to 28 troops/personnel in cabin seats, or up to 14 troops/personnel on energy-absorbing wall-mounted seats. Operations are facilitated by two large sliding cargo doors and two large sliding windows, which leave the main cabin doors unobstructed.

For cargo transport missions, the H225M’s high-density cabin floor accommodates a sizeable internal load, while the maximum external load sling capacity is 4,750 kg.

Search and rescue

Search and rescue (SAR) missions require a fast, high-performance helicopter able to function in all weather conditions. The H225M can achieve these missions when other rotorcraft can’t deliver, offering superior performance, endurance, range and safety.

Able to take off in less than five minutes, followed by high-speed cruise, the H225M reaches the scene rapidly, and is ready for a quick return to base when the assignment is completed.

Its low vibration levels provide an excellent environment for crew and passengers – which is important for crew efficiency on long missions and during the care of patients – while also reducing airframe and equipment fatigue.

For the most demanding missions such as combat SAR or prolonged SAR missions, the air-to-air or hover-in-flight refuelling options allow the range or endurance to be extended further.


The H225M’s high load capacity and easy cabin access, combined with fast cruise speed, long range and in-flight agility make this aircraft well-suited for medical evacuation and casualty evacuation duties (MEDEVAC/CASEVAC).

Up to 11 stretchers and four attendants can be installed. Another possibility is the transport of two self-contained medical units with attendants.


Photos and videos

H225M Thai Air force    
H225M Royal Thai Air Force    
H225M Thai Air force    
The multi-role workhorse    
An all-in-one powerhouse    
Helibras-built Brazilian Air Force's H225M in flight    
The Brazilian Armed Forces take delivery of two H225Ms    
The Brazilian Armed Forces next to the first H225M delivered    
Singapore Ministry of Defence orders H225M helicopters    
Airbus Helicopters and Helibras introduce first H225M in naval combat version    
Airbus helicopters achieve 98 percent availability during 2016 Rio Olympic Games    
Royal Thai Air Force places order for two additional EC725s    
H225M Caracal lands in Poland ahead of MSPO 2016    
Kuwait Ministry of Defence orders 30 H225M Caracal helicopters    
Kuwait Ministry of Defence orders 30 H225M Caracal helicopters    
Airbus Helicopters completes first firing campaign with HForce system    
The Brazilian Armed Forces close out 2015 with three new H225M    
The Brazilian Armed Forces close out 2015 with three new H225M    
Helibras completes first stage of H225M integration tests with Exocet missiles    
First H225M Caracal In-Flight Refueling During Combat by the French Armed Forces    
French Air Force H225M Caracal: In-Flight Refuelling      
Final countdown to the 2015 Paris Air Show      

H225M news

The Royal Thai Air Force receives two new H225Ms


H225M soars past the 100,000 flight hour milestone


Royal Thai Air Force expands fleet with additional H225M order


Airbus Helicopters signs largest HCare Smart contracts in Latin America for two H225M fleets

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The Brazilian Armed Forces take delivery of two H225Ms

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Singapore Ministry of Defence orders H225M helicopters


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