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.
Detailing the development and operational history of the Airbus Helicopters H225 (Super Puma) / (Eurocopter EC225) Medium- / Heavy-Lift Transport Helicopter. Entry last updated on 6/22/2018. Authored by Staff Writer. Content ©www.MilitaryFactory.com
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.
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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.
May 2018 - Ukraine has inked a deal for a batch of H225 helicopters from Airbus.
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This entry's maximum listed speed (171mph).
Graph average of 150 miles-per-hour.
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