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Friday, May 16, 2014

Airbus to Showcase NH-90 in Berlin

Source: Airbus Helicopters

Airbus Helicopters’ attendance at the upcoming ILA Berlin Air Show will reflect more than four decades of helicopter manufacturing in Germany. Their exhibition features a range of new models such as the EC145 T2 and EC135 T3 aircraft, as well as the NH90 NFH naval helicopter and the BO105. Besides offering visitors an insight into its comprehensive service portfolio, Airbus will also showcase its solutions by demonstrating products including Helionix, its latest generation avionics suite.

Airbus’ NH90 NFH will be the company’s main rotorcraft on display, and will embark on several flight demonstrations at the ILA. The NH90 NFH was designed to meet the requirements of several NATO countries and is equipped with the latest systems for military operations and search and rescue missions. Already in service in five European countries – Italy, France, Belgium, Norway and the Netherlands – the NH90 NFH Sea Lion is also planned as a replacement for the 40-year-old Sea King fleet of the German Armed Forces.

 

EC145 T2. Photo by Charles Abarr, Airbus Helicopters

The EC145 T2 will also be on show as part of the flight demonstration. Airbus’ latest model received EASA certification in mid-April, and the first orders are due to be delivered to customers this summer. The EC145 T2 includes new engines, shrouded Fenestron tail rotor, performance-enhanced transmission and expanded cockpit with digital Helionix avionics suite. Helionix is a new generation of helicopter on-board electronics with four-axis autopilot that support pilots in flight and provide significantly improved situational awareness.

The EC135 T3/P3 is the latest upgraded version of the EC135, and is due to be delivered to the first customers this year. New features include increased flight performance in hot and high environments and in single-engine situations, or one engine inoperative (OEI).

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