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The Brazilian armed forces acquire H-125 helicopters

For training of the Navy and Air Force

The Brazilian armed forces, through the Combat Aircraft Programme Coordinating Committee (COPAC), have acquired 27 single engine H-125 helicopters to boost the training capacity of the Brazilian Navy and the Air Force.

The H-125 will be produced in the final assembly line located in Itajubá, Brazil at Helibras’ factory where the H-225Ms for the Brazilian armed forces are also assembled. These new aircraft will replace the ageing AS-350 and Bell 206 helicopters currently in service with the Brazilian Air Force and the Brazilian Navy respectively.

The new H-125 helicopters will have a G500H TXi double glass cockpit and VEMD (Vehicle & Engine Multifunction Display) and will be compatible with the use of Night Vision Goggles (NVG). They will also include different types of mission equipment such as a winch and a hook so that the training of future pilots is as representative of their missions as possible.

The Brazilian armed forces currently operate a total of 156 Airbus helicopters deployed from its eight bases across the country. Its fleet ranges from the light single engine Ecureuil family to the multi-purpose heavy H-225M helicopter, 67 and 41 units respectively, to cover a wide array of missions such as tactical transport, search and rescue missions, and civil population support.

The worldwide "best-selling" H-125 has accumulated more than 37 million flight hours with more than 5350 aircraft currently in operation. The model, known for its robustness and versatility, is widely used in high-performance missions. 

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AVIONEWS - World Aeronautical Press Agency