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Airbus Helicopters H225 (Super Puma) / (Eurocopter EC225)

France (2004)

Detailing the development and operational history of the Airbus Helicopters H225 (Super Puma) / (Eurocopter EC225) Medium- / Heavy-Lift Transport Helicopter.

 Entry last updated on 4/11/2018; Authored by Staff Writer; Content ©

  Airbus Helicopters H225 (Super Puma) / (Eurocopter EC225)  
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Delays occurring in 2012 have, in turn, delayed important certification for the Eurocopter EC225 line.

Eurocopter - now Airbus Helicopters (France) - developed its EC225 "Super Puma" for the passenger transport role particularly to service the oil and gas industry where long range hauling of company personnel was key. First flight was recorded on November 27th, 2000 with introduction in December of 2004. The EC225 is a derivative of the Eurocopter AS332 "Super Puma" product of 1978 while the EC725 "Super Cougar" is a related development of the EC225 line and serves in the tactical transport role.

At its core, the Super Puma retains the basic form and function of its predecessors. It features a twin engine design, the powerplants installed over the cabin roof, which drive a five-bladed main rotor and a four-bladed tail rotor (set to starboard). The cockpit area is well glazed for optimal viewing and rounded rectangular windows are set along the fuselage sides. Pilots are afforded hinged automobile-style access doors while the passenger cabin is served by sliding doors. The tail unit is raised for good ground clearance. The wheeled undercarriage is retractable. Internally, the cabin seats up to 24 passengers in addition to the standard operating crew of two with the optional cabin attendant added. The passenger seating arrangement is customizable to the needs of the purchasing customer.

While primarily geared in sales towards the oil and gas industry, the helicopter is also billed for service in the VIP passenger transport sector as well as police and humanitarian work. Developmental setbacks have delayed large-scale entry of the Super Puma with several rather high profile ditches (some with fatalities) in the span of a few short years.
Variants in the Super Puma line now include the EC225 LP (an improved form based on the AS332 L2), the EC225 FF/SAR (Firefighting/Search And Rescue platform), and the EC225e (a modernized model with Turbomeca "Makila" 2B series turboshaft engines). The EC225 "Super Puma Mk II+" is marketed as the next generation product of the Super Puma family.

EC225 Super Puma operators include Algeria, Argentina, Canada, China, France, Greenland, Japan, Malaysia, Oman, Taiwan, Spain, the United Kingdom, and Vietnam.

August 2016 - It was announced that the Gulf state of Kuwait has ordered 30 H225M "Caracal" series helicopters.

November 2016 - Singapore has committed to the H225M (as well as the Boeing CH-47F) to succeed its aging stock of AS332M "Super Puma" and Boeing CH-47D "Chinook" helicopters. Devlieries are scheduled for 2020.

November 2016 - The Brazilian Navy has announced plans to commit to five H225M helicopters. These will feature a locally-developed capability to fire the French Exocet anti-ship missile.

September 2017 - The final two of six Airbus Helicopters H225M platforms have been delivered to the Indonesian Air Force. This stems from an order dating back to 2012. The fleet was built in France and saw final work completed at Indonesian Aerospace before final delivery. They are intended for the armed Search-and-Rescue (SAR) role.
Airbus Helicopters H225 (Super Puma) Specifications
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Year: 2004
Status: Active, In-Service
Type: Medium- / Heavy-Lift Transport Helicopter
Manufacturer(s): Eurocopter Group / Airbus Helicopters - France
Production: 170
Supported Mission Types
Ground Attack
Close-Air Support
Airborne Early Warning
Electronic Warfare
Aerial Tanker
Passenger Industry
VIP Travel
Business Travel
Special Forces
Crew: 3
Length: 63.98 ft (19.5 m)
Width: 53.15 ft (16.20 m)
Height: 16.31 ft (4.97 m)
Empty Weight: 11,596 lb (5,260 kg)
MTOW: 24,692 lb (11,200 kg)

Installed Power
2 x Turbomeca Makila 2A1 turboshaft engines developing 2,382 horsepower each while driving a five-bladed main rotor and four-bladed tail rotor.

Standard Day Performance
Maximum Speed: 171 mph (276 kph; 149 kts)
Maximum Range: 534 mi (860 km; 464 nm)
Service Ceiling: 19,357 ft (5,900 m; 3.67 mi)
Rate-of-Climb: 1,710 ft/min (521 m/min)


Operators List
Algeria; Brazil; Canada; China; France; Greenland; Indonesia; Japan; Malaysia; Norway; Taiwan; Thailand; Sinpapore (announced); Spain; United Kingdom; Vietnam

Series Model Variants
• H225 - Base Series Designation under Airbus Helicopters brand label.
• EC225 - Base Series Designation under Eurocopter brand label.
• EC225 LP - Improved AS332 L2 "Super Puma" which the EC225 succeeded for Eurocopter.
• EC225 SAR - Specialized Search and Rescue mount with firefighting duties possible; FLIR; radar.
• EC225 Super Puma Mk II+
• H225 - Airbus production designation
• H225M - Rebranded EC725 civilian market model