The military workhorse
The H135M’s diverse selection of optional equipment – including an incremental weapons system – makes this aircraft extremely versatile and the perfect platform for duties such as training missions, light utility work, command and control, and armed scout operations.
Its large, unobstructed cabin, oversized sliding side doors and rear clamshell doors enable rapid loading/unloading – even with the rotors turning – which facilitates operations during time-sensitive missions.
The proven performer
Fitted with Airbus’ signature Fenestron® shrouded tail rotor and bearingless main rotor, this twin-engine helicopter delivers excellent performance, range and payload capacity.
The sophisticated Helionix® avionics system, designed to provide enhanced safety and mission capability along with simplified maintenance, dramatically simplifies the pilot’s workload, while increasing mission efficiency and flight safety.
The H135M has a choice of engine types from either Safran Helicopter Engines or Pratt & Whitney, both fitted with full authority digital engine control (FADEC).
With a mechanically-resilient design – including redundant electrical, oil cooling and hydraulic systems, as well as a large array of optional defensive equipment – the H135M provides a reference in survivability. In addition, the crashworthy and energy-absorbing fuselage was designed to support passenger and crew safety.
Thanks to its ample cabin, the H135M can accommodate long cargo through the rear clamshell or side doors. In single pilot configuration, an internal volume of 5.9 cubic metres (208.38 cubic feet) is available for utility missions.
Fitted with an external hook, it is a true workhorse and can provide up to an additional 1,200 kg (2,646 lb) sling load transport capacity with a takeoff weight of 3,000 kg (6,614 lb).
Up to six passengers and two pilots can be accommodated in the H135M; its large, unobstructed windshield affords excellent visibility.
The H135M’s spacious and unobstructed interior, flat floor and rear access doors for the loading and unloading of stretchers and medical equipment enable this helicopter to perform highly demanding medical evacuation and casualty evacuation (medevac/casevac) missions.
Key features are the ability to perform both side and rear loading of patients, the airlift of two prone patients with state-of-the-art stretcher systems, the use of foldable stretchers for easy stowage, and the integration of medical equipment and devices for in-flight medical support up to intensive care.
Armed scout and ground fire support
The H135M’s compact size and low sound level make this light twin-engine military helicopter a discreet platform in armed scout military operations.
The aircraft is offered with a weapon system that incorporates an electro-optical system for observation and target designation; a ballistic targeting system (helmet mounted system); and two multi-purpose weapon pylons.
The easily removable multi-purpose pylons allow symmetrical as well as asymmetrical armament configurations, with cannon, machine gun and rocket pods.
In addition, two door-mounted 7.62 mm machine guns installed in the cabin provide protection during escort and extraction/insertion of troops in permissive environments.