H225M surpasses 100,000 flight hours
The H225M’s 1,296 km range can be extended with air-to-air refueling capabilities, allowing for flight times of up to 10 hours. (Photo: Airbus/Anthony Pecchi)
The Airbus H225M, with 88 such aircraft currently in service in six countries across the globe, surpassed the 100,000 flight hour milestone. The rotorcraft, also known as the Caracal, was first delivery to the French Air Force in 2006, when it was deployed in Lebanon to evacuate around 300 people.
Since then, the 11-metric-tonne H225M has been used in combat conditions and crisis areas such as Afghanistan, Chad, the Ivory Coast, the Central African Republic, and Mali, while also supporting NATO-led operations in Libya.
“We are thrilled to see that the H225M has achieved this symbolic milestone with helicopters flying in different corners of the globe and in some of the harshest theatres of operation” said Michel Macia, head of Super Puma program at Airbus Helicopters. “Its state-of-the art avionics and world renowned four axis autopilot, its exceptional range and payload capacities, combined with a large cabin designed to carry 28 troops and powerful air-to-ground and air-to-surface armament and electronic warfare system allow the H225M operators to carry out the most demanding missions.”
Operating both from ships and from land, Airbus explains this helicopter has all-weather capability supported by night vision goggle compatibility. The helicopter’s 1,296 km range can be extended with air-to-air refueling capabilities, allowing for flight times of up to 10 hours, as demonstrated recently by the French Air Force in operational conditions.
The H225M, a member of the Super Puma family, is relied upon by France, Brazil, Mexico, Malaysia, Indonesia, and Thailand. The Royal Thai Air Force recently placed a follow-on order for four aircraft to be used in combat search and rescue and troop transport missions. Other recent customers for the H225M include Kuwait, which signed a contract in 2016 for 30 aircraft, and Singapore.
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