(18 September 2022, 13:07 +07) The Brazilian armed forces have, through the Combat Aircraft Programme Coordinating Committee (COPAC), acquired 27 single engine H125 helicopters to boost the training capacity of the Brazilian Navy and Air Force.
The H125 will be produced at Helibras’ factory in Itajubá where the H225Ms for the Brazilian armed forces are also assembled.
The new helicopters will replace ageing AS350 and Bell 206 helicopters currently in service with the Air Force and Navy respectively.
“This joint procurement contract represents the realisation of a project that will equip both the Brazilian Air Force and Navy with modern aircraft that will meet the needs of the Forces for the next 30 years,” said Commander of the Air Force, Lieutenant Brigadier Carlos de Almeida Baptista Junior.
Airbus Helicopters in service with Brazilian armed forces
The new H125 helicopters will have a G500H TXi double glass cockpit and VEMD (Vehicle & Engine Multifunction Display) and will be compatible with the use of night vision goggles (NVG).
They will also include different types of mission equipment such as a winch and a hook so that the training of future pilots is as representative of their missions as possible.
“Airbus Helicopters is proud to see the H125 supporting the training of the next generation of pilots of the Brazilian armed forces. The H125 is a versatile helicopter used widely in both the civil and military markets as a training platform thanks to its ruggedness, reliability, and easy maintenance. We are honored by the continued confidence of the Brazilian armed forces after more than 40 years of cooperation,” said Bruno Even, CEO of Airbus Helicopters.
The Brazilian armed forces currently operate a total of 156 Airbus helicopters deployed from its eight bases across the country.
Its fleet ranges from the light single engine Ecureuil family to the multi-purpose heavy H225M helicopter, 67 and 41 helicopters respectively.
The H125 has accumulated more than 37 million flight hours with more than 5350 helicopters currently in operation around the world.
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