The United Kingdom’s Military Flight Training System (UKMFTS) has ordered four additional Airbus H145 helicopters to join the organization’s existing fleet of 29 H135s and three H145s, known as Juno and Jupiter, respectively, in UKMFTS service. The four H145s will be delivered during 2020.
The aircraft, operated by Ascent Flight Training Management Ltd primarily from RAF Shawbury and also RAF Valley on behalf of the Ministry of Defence, are used to train all UK military helicopter pilots and rear crew. Airbus Helicopters states it is fully embedded at both bases as the rotary-wing aircraft service provider to Ascent.
“The H135 Juno and H145 Jupiter are demonstrating day-in and day-out their exceptional reliability and versatility in the training role at UKMFTS,” said Colin James, managing director of Airbus Helicopters in the UK. “It’s deeply satisfying for us to see the first aircrew having already graduated and we look forward to delivering the additional aircraft in the very near future.”
The H145 helicopter family has completed more than 5.5 million flight hours worldwide with more than 1,300 aircraft in the global fleet.