The Brazilian Armed Forces have placed a firm order for 27 Airbus Helicopters H125 light utility and training helicopters. The helicopters will be operated by the Brazilian Army Aviation School (EsFA), as well as by Special Operations Aviation Command (COAE).Airbus said it has a firm order from the Brazilian Armed Forces for 27 H125 single-engine helicopters to be used for training and light utility missions. The Brazilian Armed Forces plan to operate 12 of the H125 helicopters at Campo Grande, with the remaining 15 for use in Rio de Janeiro.
The Brazilian Armed Forces plan to operate 12 of the H125 helicopters at Campo Grande, with the remaining 15 for use in Rio de Janeiro. The helicopters will be operated by the Brazilian Army Aviation School, as well as by the Special Operations Aviation Command (COAE).The H125 is a twin-engine helicopter that can carry up to 10 people and can reach a maximum speed of 180 knots. It has been sold in Brazil since 2013, when it was selected by Embraer as part of its bid for an order from Brazilian airline Azul Linhas Aereas Brasil S/A (AZUL).
They will be based at Campo Grande Air Force Base and used for training purposes. The remaining 15 will be assigned to COAE for special operations missions, including Search and Rescue (SAR), medical evacuation, and transport of troops on a mission.
The Armed Forces said they are acquiring the H125s as a replacement for their aging fleets of UH-1H Hueys and Bell 206B JetRangers. The H125 is a single engine helicopter with a large cabin that can accommodate 11 passengers in addition to the two pilots. It comes equipped with an Airborne mission system (AMS) that allows for more efficient flight operation, including Automatic Flight Control System (AFCS) and automatic hover-in-ground effect (autoHIGE).
The H125 is also part of the French Army’s future helicopter fleet. As part of its “Landing Helicopter Divisions” modernization program, it plans to procure 200 new helicopters over the next 20 years. Of these, 100 will be used as combat support or combat service support platforms depending on whether they are deployed on overseas operations or in garrison, respectively.It doesn’t seem like the Brazilian Armed Forces can get enough of the Airbus H125 single engine helicopter
The Brazilian Armed Forces will acquire 27 Airbus H125 single engine helicopters, following the signing of a contract between its defence procurement agency DGA and Airbus Helicopters.The French army is also a regular customer for the H125 with 15 examples already in service on its fleet of Airbus helicopters configured as light utility transports or medevac platforms.
The H125 has been selected by the Brazilian Armed Forces as their next generation training helicopter, and is being acquired as a replacement for their aging fleets of UH-1H Hueys and Bell 206B JetRangers.