55 Civil Airbus Helicopters Will Go to Ukraine

KIEV, Ukraine (BulgarianMilitary.com), 19 July 2018, Editor: Galina Zdravkova, Photo: Airbus Helicopters

On 14th July 2018, Airbus Helicopters revealed the signing of an agreement with the Ukrainian Ministry of Interior in Kiev for the sale of 55 civil helicopters to Ukraine. The contract follows the Intergovernmental Agreement signed between Ukraine and France on 8th June, learned Bulgarian Military.

The contract was signed on 14th July in the presence of the Chief Executive Officer at Airbus Helicopters Bruno Even and the Minister of Internal Affairs of the Republic of Ukraine Arsen Avakov.

The helicopters, purchased under the contract, will be used in search and rescue, emergency medical service, and public services missions in Ukraine. The contract covers the sale of twenty-four H125s, twenty-one repurposed H225s and ten new H145s and foresees the establishing of a local centre for training and sustainment.

The Airbus bestseller H125 is a light single-engine helicopter. It features exceptional manoeuvrability, excellent visibility and low vibration levels in the cabin, as well as an optimized sustainment plan, thanks to which the operating costs are reduced. The aircraft allows quick and easy reconfiguring for aerial work, law enforcement, fire fighting, search and rescue, or transport of passengers.

The H225 is a heavy twin-engine helicopter, which will be repurposed for the purposes of public services and search and rescue missions for which the helicopter is recognised as a reference aircraft. The H225 features an extra long-range capability with auxiliary fuel tanks, a take-off sequence of less than five minutes, and its world-renowned autopilot and upper SAR modes. The first batch of H225 helicopters are expected to be delivered to Ukraine till the end of this year.

The Airbus H145 is the latest solution of its 4-tonne-class twin-engine rotorcraft product range. It offers designed-in mission capability and flexibility, especially in high and hot operating conditions. It is appropriate for a variety of civil missions.

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