Airbus Helicopters and its Brazilian customer center Helibras have just wrapped up their appearance at the 2015 LAAD Defense & Security fair in Río de Janeiro, Brazil.
This biannual defense show, held from April 14-17, marked the first time the Airbus Helicopters’ product range has appeared in Brazil under the new H naming.
On display at Helibras Chalet were two aircraft to be delivered to the Brazilian Armed Forces in the coming weeks.
The first was a retrofitted Fennec helicopter that first entered service with the Brazilian army in 1989. One of 36 Fennecs that Helibras is modernizing for Brazil, this aircraft will gain another 25 years of service thanks to the retrofit. The helicopter was received at LAAD during a ceremony by Army General Eduardo Dias da Costa Villas Boas.
Also on display and to be delivered to the Brazilian Air Force in a matter of weeks was the first H225M in Latin America to have an in-flight refueling system, developed by Helibras engineers.
On the parapublic side, Helibras delivered the first of two EC145s to Rio de Janeiro’s Secretariat of Public Security during the show. These helicopters will provide safety services during the 2016 Summer Olympic Games.
In addition, the Rio de Janeiro stop of the H145 demo tour coincided with LAAD, with some journalists and customers participating in demo flights during the show.