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Airbus Helicopters H225 (Super Puma) / H215

Medium- / Heavy-Lift Transport Helicopter


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) / H215 Medium- / Heavy-Lift Transport Helicopter.  Entry last updated on 7/3/2019. Authored by Staff Writer. Content ©
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.

Program Updates

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

September 2018 - The Royal Thai Air Force has ordered four H225M series helicopters. A total of twelve are expected for the service by the early part of the next decade. These will be outfitted with combat Search-and-Rescue (SAR) equipment.

November 2018 - Airbus Helicopters has completed the September 2018 Royal Thai Air Force order of H225M "Caracal" helicopters with the final two being delivered.

January 2019 - The Indonesian Defense Ministry has contracted for eight Airbus Helicopters H225M and nine Bell Model 412EPI helicopters to be acquired through Indonesian Aerospace. The deal includes support, training, logistics, and an H225M simulator as well as weapons and ammunition for the Model 412EPI.

March 2019 - Serbian interior ministry has placed an order for three H215 heavy-lifters.


YEAR: 2004
STATUS: Active, In-Service
MANUFACTURER(S): Airbus Helicopters (Eurocopter Group) - France
LENGTH: 63.98 ft (19.5 m)
WIDTH: 53.15 ft (16.2 m)
HEIGHT: 16.31 ft (4.97 m)
EMPTY WEIGHT: 11,596 lb (5,260 kg)
MTOW: 24,692 lb (11,200 kg)
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.
SPEED: 171 mph (276 kph; 149 kts)
CEILING: 19,357 feet (5,900 m; 3.67 miles)
RANGE: 534 miles (860 km; 464 nm)
RATE-OF-CLIMB: 1,710 ft/min (521 m/min)
OPERATORS: Algeria; Argentina; Australia; Belgium; Botswana; Bulgaria; Canada; China; Denmark (ordered); France; Japan; Malaysia; Mexico (ordered); Norway; Oman; Serbia (ordered); Singapore; Spain; Taiwan; Thailand; United Kingdom; Ukraine (ordered); Vietnam; Uzbekistan

Variants / Models

• 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 platform with firefighting duties possible; FLIR; radar.
• EC225 Super Puma Mk II+
• H225 - Airbus production designation
• H225M - Rebranded EC725 civilian market model
• H215 - Redesignation of AS332 Super Puma.

General Assessment

Values are derrived from a variety of categories related to the design, overall function, and historical influence of this aircraft in aviation history.
MF Power Rating
The MF Power Rating takes into account over 60 individual factors related to this aircraft entry. The rating is out of 100 total possible points.
Relative Maximum Speed
Hi: 200mph
Lo: 100mph
This entry's maximum listed speed (171mph).

Graph average of 150 miles-per-hour.
City-to-City Ranges
Graph showcases the Eurocopter EC225's operational range (on internal fuel) when compared to distances between major cities.
Aviation Era
Pie graph section
Pie graph section
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Pie graph section
Useful in showcasing the era cross-over of particular aircraft/aerospace designs.
Unit Production (175)
Comm. Market HI*: 44,000 units
Military Market HI**: 36,183 units

  * Commercial Market High belongs to Cessna 172.

  ** Military Market High belongs to Ilyushin Il-2.

Altitude Visualization
Small airplane graphic
Supported Roles
Ground Attack
Aerial Tanker
A2A=Air-to-Air; UAV=Unmanned; CAS=Close Support; ASW=Anti-Submarine; AEW=Airborne Early Warning; MEDEVAC=Medical Evac; EW=Electronic Warfare; SAR=Search-Rescue
Commitments / Honors
Military lapel ribbon for Operation Allied Force
Military lapel ribbon for the Arab-Israeli War
Military lapel ribbon for the Battle of Britain
Military lapel ribbon for the Battle of Midway
Military lapel ribbon for the Berlin Airlift
Military lapel ribbon for the Chaco War
Military lapel ribbon for the Cold War
Military lapel ribbon for the Cuban Missile Crisis
Military lapel ribbon for pioneering aircraft
Military lapel ribbon for the Falklands War
Military lapel ribbon for the French-Indochina War
Military lapel ribbon for the Golden Age of Flight
Military lapel ribbon for the 1991 Gulf War
Military lapel ribbon for the Indo-Pak Wars
Military lapel ribbon for the Iran-Iraq War
Military lapel ribbon for the Korean War
Military lapel ribbon for the 1982 Lebanon War
Military lapel ribbon for the Malayan Emergency
Military lapel ribbon representing modern aircraft
Military lapel ribbon for the attack on Pearl Harbor
Military lapel ribbon for the Six Day War
Military lapel ribbon for the Soviet-Afghan War
Military lapel ribbon for the Spanish Civil War
Military lapel ribbon for the Suez Crisis
Military lapel ribbon for the Vietnam War
Military lapel ribbon for Warsaw Pact of the Cold War-era
Military lapel ribbon for the WASP (WW2)
Military lapel ribbon for the World War 1
Military lapel ribbon for the World War 2
Military lapel ribbon for the Yom Kippur War
Military lapel ribbon for experimental x-plane aircraft
* Ribbons not necessarily indicative of actual historical campaign ribbons. Ribbons are clickable to their respective campaigns/operations.

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