Morocco buys Airbus H135 twin-engine helos with NVGs for training
RABAT ($1=10.33 Moroccan Dirhams) — The Royal Moroccan Air Force has ordered a fleet of H135 helicopters from European aerospace and defense giant Airbus for primary military training missions. The light twin-engine H135, which is considered a reference model in the segment, will be used by the North African country for pilot training and in “a wide range of demanding missions, including flight and search and rescue”.
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The Moroccan contract for several devices, which the manufacturer did not disclose, also covers “an extensive support package that includes the supply of flight training devices and the training of instructor pilots and support pilots,” the company added in a statement. The training program will allow the Royal Air Force to “take full advantage of the multi-role capabilities of the H135, such as the NVG [night vision device] and winch.
Airbus Helicopters Africa and Middle East Director, Arno Montalvo, was in charge of demonstrating the company’s pride that “the Royal Air Force has chosen the H135 for their training missions”. Montalvo described the aircraft as a “versatile, reliable and profitable helicopter, ideal for the transition to more sophisticated aircraft”.
130 units are already operational
Currently, there are already 130 units of these helicopters operated by military formations from different countries around the world. The manufacturer describes the H135 as “IFR [instrument flight rules] certified as the proven benchmark for military training helicopters worldwide.” To date, they have already logged over 400,000 hours of a military training flights with these aircraft. The Moroccan order expands the global fleet to 12 military customers, including the armed forces of the United Kingdom, Australia, Germany, and Japan.
The H135s are equipped with the state-of-the-art Helionix avionics system from Airbus Helicopters. The manufacturer states that the H135 “offers optimal safety conditions for basic and advanced mission training while providing a platform for pilots to easily and safely transition to more advanced helicopters.”
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