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

France (2004)
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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

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.

Any available statistics for the Airbus Helicopters H225 (Super Puma) / (Eurocopter EC225) Medium- / Heavy-Lift Transport Helicopter are showcased in the areas immediately below. Categories include basic specifications covering country-of-origin, operational status, manufacture(s) and total quantitative production. Other qualities showcased are related to structural values (namely dimensions), installed power and standard day performance figures, installed or proposed armament and mission equipment (if any), global users (from A-to-Z) and series model variants (if any).




  Program Updates  


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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Hi: 200mph
Lo: 100mph
    This entry's maximum listed speed (171mph).

    Graph average of 150 miles-per-hour.
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Unit Production Comparison
Comm. Market HI*: 44,000 units
Military Market HI**: 36,183 units
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  * Commercial Market High belongs to Cessna 172.

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


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Origin: France
Year: 2004
Type: Medium- / Heavy-Lift Transport Helicopter
Manufacturer(s): Eurocopter Group / Airbus Helicopters - France
Production: 170
Status: Active, In-Service
Global Operators:
Algeria; Brazil; Canada; China; France; Greenland; Indonesia; Japan; Malaysia; Norway; Taiwan; Thailand; Sinpapore (announced); Spain; Ukraine (announced); United Kingdom; Vietnam
Historical 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 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 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
* Ribbons not necessarily indicative of actual historical campaign ribbons. Ribbons are clickable to their respective campaigns/operations.
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Structural - Crew, Dimensions, and Weights:
Unless otherwise noted the presented statistics below pertain to the Airbus Helicopters H225 (Super Puma) model. Common measurements, and their respective conversions, are shown when possible.

Operational
CREW


Personnel
3


Dimension
LENGTH


Feet
63.98 ft


Meters
19.5 m


Dimension
WIDTH


Feet
53.15 ft


Meters
16.2 m


Dimension
HEIGHT


Feet
16.31 ft


Meters
4.97 m


Weight
EMPTY


Pounds
11,596 lb


Kilograms
5,260 kg


Weight
LOADED


Pounds
24,692 lb


Kilograms
11,200 kg

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

Performance
SPEED


Miles-per-Hour
171 mph


Kilometers-per-Hour
276 kph


Knots
149 kts


Performance
RANGE


Miles
534 mi


Kilometers
860 km


Nautical Miles
464 nm


Performance
CEILING


Feet
19,357 ft


Meters
5,900 m


Miles
3.67 mi


Performance
CLIMB RATE


Feet-per-Minute
1,710 ft/min


Meters-per-Minute
521 m/min

Armament - Hardpoints (0):

None.
Variants: 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