Airbus proposes H135 for US Navy helicopter trainer replacement

21 May 2018 (Last Updated May 21st, 2018 11:37)

Airbus Helicopters has announced plans to offer its H135 aircraft for the US Navy's planned helicopter trainer replacement programme.

Airbus proposes H135 for US Navy helicopter trainer replacement
An Airbus H135 US Navy trainer. Credit: Airbus Helicopters Inc.

Airbus Helicopters has announced plans to offer its H135 aircraft for the US Navy’s planned helicopter trainer replacement programme.

The H135 helicopter features enhanced manoeuvrability, high visibility and low vibration levels, making it well-suited for use as a rotorcraft for military pilot training applications.

The helicopter is equipped with advanced technologies and would provide instructor pilots with an optimised platform for US Navy training missions.

"The H135 is a market-leading twin-engine, multi-mission helicopter performing the primary training mission for some of the finest militaries in the world."

Airbus Helicopters president and North America Region head Chris Emerson said: “The H135 is a market-leading twin-engine, multi-mission helicopter performing the primary training mission for some of the finest militaries in the world.”

The helicopter is noted to have accumulated more than 4.5 million flight hours and its operational training readiness has consistently averaged greater than 90%, which demonstrates the aircraft’s viability for US Navy pilot-training exercises.

The 39.7ft-long H135 helicopter can reach fast cruise speeds of up to 136k.

In addition, it is able to perform a wide range of operations and can land almost anywhere, while carrying an increased payload over longer distances than other rotorcraft of the same class.

Emerson added: “When paired with Airbus’ unrivalled support for the lifetime of the airframe, the H135 is the right solution, both technically and economically, for the US Navy.

“As a twin-engine helicopter, the H135 provides a training environment most similar to the navy’s warfighting rotorcraft fleet, creating opportunities for cost and operational synergies compared to a single-engine trainer.”

The aircraft is integrated with the company’s Helionix technologies and includes an advanced glass cockpit featuring a modern human machine interface (HMI), which is among the most advanced systems of its kind available for the light multi-purpose helicopter class.

The H135 is also a fitted with a crash-resistant fuel system and energy absorbing seats, as well as fuselage and landing gear.