The Brazilian Armed Forces acquire 27 H125 helicopters
The Brazilian Armed Forces have acquired 27 H125 single-engine helicopters through the Combat Aircraft Program Coordinating Committee (COPAC) to increase the training capacity of the Brazilian Navy and Air Force.
The H125 is manufactured on the H125 final assembly line in Itajubá, Brazil, at Helibras’ facility, which also assembles the H225M for the Brazilian Armed Forces. These new helicopters will replace the aging AS350 and Bell 206 helicopters currently in service with the Brazilian Air Force and Brazilian Navy, respectively.
“This joint procurement agreement represents the realization of a project that will provide both the Brazilian Air Force and Navy with modern aircraft that will meet the needs of the armed forces for the next 30 years,” said Air Force Commander Lieutenant Brigadier Carlos de Almeida Baptista Jr.
“Airbus Helicopters is proud that the H125 will support the training of the next generation of pilots in the Brazilian Armed Forces. The H125 is a versatile helicopter that is used as a training platform in both civil and military sectors due to its robustness, reliability and easy maintenance. We are honored by the continued trust of the Brazilian Armed Forces after more than 40 years of cooperation,” said Bruno Even, CEO of Airbus Helicopters.
The new H125 helicopters will feature a G500H TXi dual glass cockpit and VEMD (Vehicle & Engine Multifunction Display) and will be compatible with the use of night vision goggles (NVG). They will also contain different types of mission equipment such as a winch and a hook so that future pilots’ training is as representative as possible of their mission.
The Brazilian Armed Forces currently operate a total of 156 Airbus helicopters, deployed from its eight bases across the country. Its fleet ranges from the light single-engine Ecureuil family to the heavy multi-role H225M, 67 and 41 helicopters respectively to cover a wide range of missions such as tactical transport, search and rescue missions and civilian support.
The world’s best-selling H125 has accumulated more than 37 million flight hours with more than 5350 helicopters currently in service. Known for its robustness and versatility, the model is often used in high-performance missions.