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.
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June 2021 - Airbus Helicopters has showcased a new version of its H175 utilizing a higher reliance on Western parts suppliers as oppose to those of Chinese origination.
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Civilian versions unarmed. Militarized forms will most likely carry door-mounted General Purpose Machine Guns (GPMGs) or similar for local defense/suppression.
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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.
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