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Airbus Helicopters H175

France (2014)
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A pair of prototypes and one production-quality airframe served in the EC175 testing program for Airbus Helicopters - the series introduced in late-2014.


Detailing the development and operational history of the Airbus Helicopters H175 Medium-Lift Utility Helicopter.  Entry last updated on 11/18/2017. Authored by Staff Writer. Content ©www.MilitaryFactory.com

Expanding the Airbus Helicopters medium-lift utility helicopter product line is the in-development EC175 model. With market interest in modern medium-class replacements, Airbus interested enough parties to push ahead with an all-new design to help broaden its market reach. The EC175 became a product of this work that was begun in 2005. In 2008, the product was officially showcased at Heli-Expo where orders for over 100 were taken. A prototype helicopter was flown on December 17th, 2009 to prove the design sound.

The EC175 is a conventional helicopter through and through. It holds a well-sloped, windowed nose cone offering expanded forward views from the two-seat cockpit. Pilots sit in a traditional side-by-side arrangement. Passenger seating behind the flight deck is expansive as medium helicopters go with each fuselage side covered by a sliding access door - total accommodation numbering up to eighteen depending on the internal seating configuration used. The pilots enter and exit the cockpit through conventional, automobile-style hinged doors. The tail stem houses the drive shaft powering the tail rotor which is seated to portside. The main rotor sits atop the twin-engine layout which themselves are seated atop the passenger cabin. The helicopter features an all-wheel undercarriage that is wholly retractable. Horizontal tailplanes are featured along the tail section, though well-aft of the tail stem and are found at the base of the vertical tail fin.

Power to the type is through 2 x Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6C-67E turboshaft engines developing 1,776 shaft horsepower each. This will provide a maximum speed of 195 miles per hour with a cruising speed of about 177 miles per hour. Range is listed to be 782 miles with a service ceiling of 19,685 feet.

While the helicopter is set to be produced in France as the EC175, AVIC of China has been granted local production of the type as the AC352. These will carry the in-house WZ-16 series turboshaft engine.

Any available statistics for the Airbus Helicopters H175 Medium-Lift Utility 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).






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Relative Maximum Speed Rating
Hi: 200mph
Lo: 100mph
    This entry's maximum listed speed (172mph).

    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: 2014
Type: Medium-Lift Utility Helicopter
Manufacturer(s): Airbus Helicopters / Eurocopter - France / Harbin Aircraft Industry Group (HAIG) - China
Production: 100
Status: Active, In-Service
Global Operators:
Belgium; China; France; Hong Kong; Ireland; Mexico; Netherlands; Russia; Thailand; United Kingdom; United States
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 H175 model. Common measurements, and their respective conversions, are shown when possible.

Operational
CREW


Personnel
2


Dimension
LENGTH


Feet
51.51 ft


Meters
15.7 m


Dimension
WIDTH


Feet
48.56 ft


Meters
14.8 m


Dimension
HEIGHT


Feet
11.48 ft


Meters
3.5 m


Weight
EMPTY


Pounds
10,141 lb


Kilograms
4,600 kg


Weight
LOADED


Pounds
16,535 lb


Kilograms
7,500 kg

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Installed Power - Standard Day Performance:
2 x Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6C-67E turboshaft engines developing 1,776 horsepower driving a four-bladed main rotor and three-bladed tail rotor.

Performance
SPEED


Miles-per-Hour
172 mph


Kilometers-per-Hour
277 kph


Knots
150 kts


Performance
RANGE


Miles
783 mi


Kilometers
1,260 km


Nautical Miles
680 nm


Performance
CEILING


Feet
19,685 ft


Meters
6,000 m


Miles
3.73 mi

Supported Weapon Systems:

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Armament - Hardpoints (0):

Civilian versions unarmed. Militarized forms will most likely carry door-mounted General Purpose Machine Guns (GPMGs) or similar for local defense/suppression.
Variants: Series Model Variants
• H175 - Series designation under Airbus Helicopters brand label.
• EC175 - Base Series Designation under Eurocopter brand label.
• AC352 - Chinese variant with WZ-15 engine; production by AVIC.