Brazil armed with first H225M combat helicopter firing Exocet missiles
BRASILIA, ($1=5.61 Brazilian Reals) – In the last 12 years, the Brazilian Armed Forces have received 39 H225M helicopters manufactured at its capacity, learned BulgarianMilitary.com, citing the Defense Express.
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Airbus Helicopters handed over to the Brazilian Navy the first H225M combat helicopter, which is suitable for launching with Exocet AM39 anti-ship missiles. The Brazilians will use this helicopter to patrol and destroy surface targets. This was reported by the portal Naval News.
This helicopter was provided to Brazil under a contract with Airbus for the supply of 50 H225M units with various modifications. So far, the Brazilians have received 39 H225M helicopters, which are manufactured in plants in Brazil in the facilities of the joint venture Helibras.
It is noted that the “anti-ship” version of the H225M helicopter for the Brazilian Navy has become the most difficult version of this machine in terms of onboard equipment. In particular, the “anti-ship” H225M received an N-TDMS fire control system, APS143 radar, EWS IDAS-3 countermeasure system.
Brazil has not yet revealed how many anti-ship H225M helicopters the fleet should receive. It is known that the first launches of anti-ship missiles Exocet AM39 B2M2 from a helicopter H225M Brazilians made in July 2021.
What is the Exocet AM39 anti-ship missile?
The Exocet AM39 anti-ship missile is manufactured by the French company MBDA. France began producing the rocket in the 1970s and to this day renews and upgrades it to new versions.
The rocket weighs 780 kg and is 6 meters long. It is powered by a solid-propellant engine turbojet (MM40 Block 3 version). It develops a flight speed of almost Mach 1 and its operating distance is from 50 to 70 km. The Exocet AM39 anti-ship missile is equipped with Inertial guidance, active radar homing, and GPS guidance.
The Exocet AM39 anti-ship missile is used to arm combat jets, maritime patrol aircraft, helicopters.
Brazil and its hybrid military aircraft
As we reported last year, one of the largest airlines in the world – the Brazilian Embraer intends to begin development and production of a hybrid aircraft, which will have its military and civilian variety and will have the characteristic of short takeoff or STOUT.
Embraer presented its STOUT project in a short video presentation. According to the provided characteristics, the new hybrid aircraft will have an electric motor and visually approach the vision of the already famous and popular Brazilian aircraft Embraer C-390 Millennium. The company confirms that in addition to a military version, they plan to develop a civilian utility option in the future to support Brazilian aviation services locally and globally.
Currently, the Brazilian Air Force uses mostly light turboprop aircraft in this class and the new hybrid aircraft will have to “retire” the available Embraer EMB-110 Bandeirante and Embraer EMB-120 Brasilia. The new military aircraft, according to sources from the Brazilian Ministry of Defense, will also have light turboprop engines, but will also be equipped with electric motors that will be mounted on the wings of the aircraft.
However, the main advantage of the new military hybrid aircraft of the Brazilian Air Force will be the ability to take off and land on short runways. Something that currently the two aircraft – Embraer EMB-110 Bandeirante and Embraer EMB-120 Brasilia can not do. The hybrid liner, as it is already presented in South America, will have a T-shaped tail and a rear ramp for loading and unloading activities.
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