Airbus Helicopters has delivered the first VIP version of the H175, the company’s new medium class twin-engine helicopter, which entered service in 2014 for offshore transportation.
The VIP version of the H175 offers cabin interior provided by Pegasus Design. “The H175 enlarges its operational capacity to a completely new mission segment” said Guillaume Faury, President of Airbus Helicopters in a statement Wednesday.
Delivered to an undisclosed customer who will operate it in Europe as a complement to the yacht, the H175 offers a personalized VVIP cabin accommodating seven passengers. The aircraft features a cabin layout with two distinct seating areas: a forward zone that provides a lounge atmosphere with facing club seating for four passengers and a galley, as well as sofa-style seating that comfortably accommodates three passengers at the rear.
In addition to the exclusive cabin and the refinement of materials, the VIP version of the H175 offers some distinctive elements. These include: a hinged door– which optimizes space inside the cabin – a three steps electrical footstep for ease of access, electronically dimmable windows and mood lighting. Passengers will also enjoy in-flight connectivity with satcom, in-flight entertainment system with LCD screens, moving map and images provided by the tail fin and tail skid cameras – all controllable through dedicated touchscreens or personal devices. Also contributing to the jet-like flight experience is the effective soundproof cabin which allows passengers to communicate without headsets.
Airbus Helicopters has recently completed a first round of firing tests with HForce, a generic weapon system in development for the companys commercial helicopter range. The innovative system, which includes a central core unit, Thales Scorpion monocular helmet mounted sight display (HMSD), an electro-optical system (EOS) from Wescam as well as gunner armament weapon grips and weapon pods, has been undergoing testing for the past five months
Airbus Helicopters has been selected by Ascent as the Aircraft Service Provider for the UKs Military Flying Training System (UKMFTS). The contract, worth £500 million over 17 years, will see Airbus Helicopters deliver aircraft and an integrated support solution over the course of 18 months, ready to start training in April 2018
Polska Grupa Zbrojeniowa (PGZ) and Airbus Helicopters are hosting a two-day workshop in Radom on the 28 – 29 April to identify potential areas of cooperation around the Tiger HAD project, in the frame of the Kruk attack helicopter project. The event included the global network of Tiger HAD suppliers who took part in the discussions with a number of Polish companies
The Royal Thai Police has received two H175 helicopters from Airbus Helicopters, making it the first in Asia Pacific to operate the newest rotorcraft. The Royal Thai Police will be using this super medium aircraft, equipped with the latest aircraft technology and capabilities, for VVIP transportation and various police missions
Airbus Helicopters has achieved Factory Acceptance of new EC135T2+ for the Helicopter Aircrew Training System (HATS) for the Australian Defence Force (ADF). The last six helicopters acceptance marks on-time completion of deliveries of the full fleet of 15 EC135T2+ helicopters
Airbus will provide Heron 1 surveillance drones to the German military for use in their deployment to Mali as part of a United Nations peacekeeping mission. The drones will be leased from Israel Aerospace Industries and operated by Airbus, UPI reported Thursday
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