The Brazilian Navy has received the first naval version of the H225M multi-role utility aircraft from Airbus Helicopters.

The aircraft will boost the Brazilian Navy’s mission capabilities, such as anti-surface warfare (ASuW) and maritime surveillance.

It is currently stationed at São Pedro d’Aldeia naval base in Brazil.

Airbus Helicopters Latin America head Alberto Robles said: “We are very proud of this achievement, which proves the industrial and technological capability of the Airbus Helicopters teams in France and Brazil to deliver one of the most modern solutions in the world to the Brazilian Armed Forces.

“Designed to meet the most demanding requirements of the Brazilian Navy, the advanced anti-surface warfare and tactical capabilities open new mission capabilities for the H225M utility helicopter.”

The H225M aircraft has been developed by the engineering team at Airbus Helicopters’ Brazilian subsidiary Helibras.

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Airbus noted that the H225M helicopter features the EWS IDAS-3 countermeasure system and MBDA Exocet AM39 B2M2 missiles.

Test-firing of the AM39 B2M2 missiles ended in June, creating the path for qualification and delivery.

The aircraft is also equipped with the APS143 tactical radar and the Naval Tactical Data Management System (N-TDMS) naval mission system for command and control (C2) of all embedded systems.

N-TDMS has been developed in partnership with Atech and Airbus Defense and Space.

In 2008, the Brazilian Government signed a contract for the procurement of 50 H225Ms. The helicopters will be operated by the Brazilian armed forces.

To date, 39 H225Ms have been assembled locally by Helibras and delivered to the Brazilian Armed Forces.

In April 2018, Airbus Helicopters received contracts from the Brazilian Armed Forces and the Mexican Air Force to maintain their H225M fleets.