The two metric tonne-category H125M has a high degree of manoeuvrability, a robust design 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 is a very effective and cost-efficient choice for firefighting and aerial work missions.
Also in Airbus’ lightweight product line is the larger twin-engine H135M, combining a compact external footprint with a large flat-floor cabin capable of being fitted in various configurations. The H135M is able to lift a load mass equivalent to its mission-equipped empty weight. Its avionics and autopilot provide pilot assistance with precise and stable navigation aid contributing to safety by lowering pilot workload and fatigue.
The H135M is well-suited for light utility applications that include the transport of authorities and dignitaries, while the communications equipment allows an onboard operator to interface with airborne and ground units, as well as unmanned aerial vehicles, or in the context of training missions.
The twin-engine H145M has become a benchmark for utility helicopters, 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. The cabin can be configured with up to 10 troop seats. It is noted for its good one-engine inoperative performance.
Like the H135, the H145 is also able to lift its own mission-equipped empty weight, and the aircraft is offered with a range of swing, sling and hoist options. One of the largest single users of this helicopter is the US Army, which has adopted it as the service’s light utility helicopter – with more than 440 delivered in the UH-72A version.
Helicopters of the Dauphin family, like the AS565 MBe, are easily recognisable 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 naval utility operations. They offer features adapted to naval needs (radar, folding blades, deck securing features, etc.), fast cruise speeds and all-weather capabilities, ensuring safe and smooth operations.