Airbus proposes H135 as US Navy trainer
Airbus Helicopters is offering its H135 as a candidate for the US Navy’s planned helicopter trainer replacement programme. “The H135 is a market-leading multi-mission helicopter performing the primary training mission for some of the finest militaries in the world,” said Chris Emerson, president of Airbus Helicopters and head of the North America region. “As a twin-engine helicopter, the H135 provides a training environment most similar to the Navy’s warfighting rotorcraft fleet, creating opportunities for cost and operational synergies compared to a single-engine trainer.”
Airbus Helicopters has already supplied the UH-72A Lakota − a military variant of the EC145 twin − to the US Army as a primary trainer. The UH-72A, EC145E, and H125 (formerly Ecureuil) are currently assembled at its Columbus, Mississippi facility. The company says a site for assembly of H135s would be chosen ‘once a decision is made by the US Navy’.
H135's twin engines makes it a good match with USN 'warfighters'