Airbus Helicopters To Display Combat, SAR Choppers At Paris Air Show 2015

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Airbus Helicopters To Display Combat, SAR Choppers At Paris Air Show 2015
Airbus H225M (Photo: Anthony Pecchi via Airbus Helicopters)

Airbus Helicopters will be showcasing its latest combat, search and rescue and tactical transport helicopters at Paris Air Show 2015, the company said in a statement today.

Airbus helicopters will display H160 rotorcraft that has distinctive Blue Edge blades, canted Fenestron and biplane stabilizer TM. Its payload lift, range and efficiency make this helicopter ideally suited for a wide variety of uses, including oil and gas operations; public services, air medical and coast guard duties; along with commercial transport, private and business aviation.

A representative model of H145M will also be on display. This aircraft has an increased maximum take-off weight of 3.7 metric tons, and can be equipped with mission equipment that includes a pintle-mounted door gun and the ability to carry weapons on external pylons; electro optical/infrared sensors with targeting capability; as well as military avionics for communications, navigation and flight management.

A H225M can perform a range of missions from combat search and rescue to special operations, tactical transport and medical evacuation, along with a full range of maritime roles. The H225M has been deployed in Lebanon, Afghanistan, Chad, Ivory Coast, Central African Republic, Somalia and Mali by the French Army. Brazil, Mexico, Malaysia, Indonesia, and Thailand also rely on the H225M for their most demanding missions.

The H135, certified in October 2014, is the reference helicopter for emergency medical services. Unique features such as the shrouded Fenestron rear rotor make the H135 more silent, efficient and safer for operators to use.

The NH90 TTH Caiman from the French Army Aviation (ALAT) will be displayed at the NHIndustries booth and will be performing flight demonstrations every day. The NH90 TTH has been operationally deployed in Afghanistan by Germany and Italy for tactical transport and medevac missions and in Mali by France for tactical transport missions, while the MRH90 has been deployed by Australia in the Philippines and the Vanuatu Islands.

The French General Directorate for Armament’s (DGA) booth will host a Tiger and a NH90 NFH. Since July 2009, Tigers have been deployed continuously by the French Army in different areas, such as Afghanistan, Libya and Sahel. While the deployment in Afghanistan and Libya has come to an end, Tigers are still supporting missions in Sahel, where, despite the difficult operating conditions, the Tiger has shown a very high level of availability and logged more than 2,050 flight hours since the start of deployment in January 2013.

The NH90’s NFH version is the primary maritime weapon system in a surface fleet’s defense. Operating from shore bases or on surface vessels up to sea state 5, the helicopter is tailored for both anti-submarine (ASW) and anti-surface unit (ASuW) warfare. Search and rescue operations can be performed in either of these configurations.

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