The Brazilian Navy has received the first H225M helicopter in naval combat configuration from Airbus Helicopters.
Stationed at the naval base in São Pedro d’Aldeia, the aircraft will boost the Brazilian Navy’s mission capabilities including anti-surface warfare and maritime surveillance.
The naval H225M is part of a contract signed by the Brazilian government in 2008, for the delivery of 50 H225Ms for Brazil’s three armed forces.
So far, 39 H225Ms have been delivered to the Brazilian Armed Forces, all of them assembled locally by Helibras, according to Airbus.
“Developed by the engineering team at Helibras (the Brazilian subsidiary of Airbus Helicopters), this naval version of the H225M aircraft is the most complex configuration that has ever been produced for this multirole helicopter,” the company said in a release.
The aircraft’s embedded systems include the EWS IDAS-3 (countermeasure system), MBDA Exocet AM39 B2M2 missiles, the APS143 tactical radar and the N-TDMS naval mission system developed in partnership with Atech and Airbus Defense and Space, which is responsible for making the command and control of all embedded systems, including the missile system.
“We are very proud of this achievement, which proves the industrial and technological capability of the Airbus Helicopters teams in France and Brazil to deliver one of the most modern solutions in the world to the Brazilian Armed Forces,” said Alberto Robles, Head of Latin America at Airbus Helicopters. “Designed to meet the most demanding requirements of the Brazilian Navy, the advanced anti-surface warfare and tactical capabilities open new mission capabilities for the H225M utility helicopter.”
The last stage of the firing campaign with the Exocet AM39 B2M2 missiles was successfully carried out last June, representing a major milestone in the program, which led the way to qualification and delivery.
In addition to the H225M, Airbus is also delivering the H135 helicopter to the Brazilian Navy. Referred to as UH-17 by the navy, the three helicopters being delivered under a contract from 2019 will support the Brazilian Antarctic Program (PROANTAR).