Good news for the European defense industry. Airbus has just won a new contract for its transport helicopters. The group announced that it has sold 27 single-engine H125 helicopters to the Brazilian armed forces, “to strengthen the training capacity of the Brazilian navy and air force,” reports Airbus in a press release published on its website on Friday, September 16. The amount of the contract was not disclosed.
“The H125 will be produced at the H125 Final Assembly Line located in Itajubá, Brazil at the Helibras plant where the Brazilian Armed Forces’ H225M are also assembled. These new helicopters will replace the older AS350 and Bell 206 helicopters currently in service . Brazilian Air Force and the Brazilian Navy,” read a statement published today.
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“This joint supply contract represents the completion of a project that will equip the Brazilian Air Force and Navy with modern aircraft that will meet the needs of the forces for the next 30 years,” said the Commander of the Brazilian Air Force, Brigadier Carlos de. Almeida. Baptist Junior.
“The new H125 helicopters have a double-glazed G500H TXi cockpit and a VEMD (Vehicle & Engine Multifunction Display) and will be compatible with the use of night vision goggles (NVG). They will also include various types of mission equipment such as a winch and a hook so that the training of future pilots is as representative as possible of their missions”, explains for his part Bruno Even, the head of Airbus Hélicoptères.
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More than 150 Airbus helicopters are in service with the Brazilian Armed Forces
According to Airbus, the Brazilian Armed Forces currently operate a total of 156 Airbus helicopters deployed from their eight bases throughout the country. Also according to the aircraft manufacturer, the H125 is the best-selling helicopter in the world with more than 5,350 aircraft currently in service.
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This business is even more strategic for Airbus. “We expect a very strong year in terms of order intake in particular,” Bruno Even told Reuters. “Similarly, we anticipate growth in our revenues, which will be supported by growth in helicopter services and deliveries.” “2021 really marked a turning point, the previous years were tough for the industry,” he added.
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