Air­bus pro­poses H135 as US Navy trainer

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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'

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