The Brazilian armed forces have acquired 27 Airbus H125 helicopters to boost the training capacity of the Brazilian Navy and the Air Force.
The single-engine H125 helicopters were ordered through the Combat Aircraft Programme Coordinating Committee (COPAC).
Airbus reported that the H125 will be produced in the H125 final assembly line located in Itajubá, Brazil at Helibras’ factory where the H225Ms for the Brazilian armed forces are also assembled.
The new helicopters will replace the ageing AS350 and Bell 206 helicopters currently in service with the Brazilian Air Force and the Brazilian Navy respectively.
“This joint procurement contract represents the realisation of a project that will equip both the Brazilian Air Force and Navy with modern aircraft that will meet the needs of the Forces for the next 30 years” said Commander of the Air Force, Lieutenant Brigadier Carlos de Almeida Baptista Junior.
“Airbus Helicopters is proud to see the H125 supporting the training of the next generation of pilots of the Brazilian armed forces. The H125 is a versatile helicopter used widely in both the civil and military markets as a training platform thanks to its ruggedness, reliability, and easy maintenance. We are honored by the continued confidence of the Brazilian armed forces after more than 40 years of cooperation,” said Bruno Even, CEO of Airbus Helicopters.