Helibras, Brazil-based helicopter manufacturer and subsidiary of Airbus Helicopters, delivered the 31st H225M helicopter to the Brazilian Air Force (FAB).
The aircraft will be under the command of the Puma Squadron (3rd / 8th GAV), in Rio de Janeiro (RJ), and will increase the squadron’s operational capacity by assisting the FAB (Força Aérea Brasileira) missions.
The aircraft is the first of the FAB to rely on the Spectrolab Searchlight, a high-capacity search light that is also compatible with night vision equipment, better known as NVG (Night Vision Goggles). This year, at least two more deliveries of the model for the Armed Forces are still planned.
The H225M of the Armed Forces are manufactured in Itajubá since the inauguration of the company’s new production line in 2012. The delivery is part of the contract signed in 2008 with the Federal Government to supply 50 H225M helicopters for the three Armed Forces.
Airbus Helicopters H225M
Eurocopter EC725 Caracal (also named Super Cougar, now called Airbus Helicopters H225M, is a long-range tactical transport military helicopter developed from the Eurocopter AS532 Cougar for military use.
It is a twin-engined aircraft and can carry up to 29 seated troops along with two crew, depending on customer configuration.
The helicopter is marketed for troop transport, casualty evacuation, and combat search and rescue duties, and is similar to the civilian EC225.