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German Ministry of Interior orders up to 44 H-225 helicopters

For its Federal Police; deliveries to start in 2029

The German Ministry of the Interior has ordered up to 44 H-225 helicopters for its Federal Police. This record order for the model includes 38 firm orders with options for a further six units. Its payload, range and advanced systems make it a versatile aircraft capable of conducting a large array of law enforcement and homeland security missions ranging from special forces transport to firefighting and disaster relief. Deliveries are scheduled to start in 2029.

The aircraft will replace the H-155 and AS-332 helicopters that have been in service with the German Federal Police for more than 20 years. The order of the model will ensure a seamless transition for pilots and maintenance personnel. The contract also includes training means and spare part packages.

The new and powerful mission and communication system guarantees improved situational awareness and smooth data transmission between police forces. It also has an improved main gearbox and an extended health and usage monitoring system, which increases safety and helps to save costs. With a maximum takeoff weight of 11,160 kg, the H-225 offers an increased range of more than 832 kilometers (1,107 km with external fuel tanks) and an external payload of 4,750 kg, essential for missions like disaster relief and firefighting. Airbus Helicopters’ ambition is that the aircraft will be able to fly with 100 percent Sustainable Aviation Fuel by 2030 which was already demonstrated at "ILA Berlin 2022".

The German Bundespolizei operates 94 Airbus helicopters, ranging from the single-engine H-120 used for pilot training, to more than 40 twin-engine H-135 family helicopters for several missions including emergency medical services on behalf of the Federal Office of Civil Protection and Disaster Assistance (Bundesamt für Bevölkerungsschutz und Katastrophenhilfe), and the Super Puma family, of which the H-225 is the latest variant. The partnership began in 1962, when the Bundespolizei (at that time Bundesgrenzschutz) started operation of its Alouette II, manufactured by Airbus predecessor company Aérospatiale.

In the 11-tonne twin-engine category the H-225 is the latest member of Airbus Helicopters’ Super Puma family that has accumulated more than 6 million flight hours in all-weather conditions around the world. Equipped with state-of-the-art electronic instruments and autopilot precision, this model offers outstanding endurance and fast cruise speed, and can be fitted with various equipment to suit a variety of roles.

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