Kuwait Refuses to Accept Airbus H225M Helicopters

The Kuwait Ministry of Defense has announced that it has suspended taking delivery of the Airbus H225M Caracal helicopters due to technical malfunctions.

The Kuwait Armed Forces said on Twitter that it had formed a committee to look into the details after the first two Caracals destined for Kuwait encountered technical problems in their engines. The statement added that the receipt will remain suspended until the completion of technical examinations, the committee investigation and receipt of report from the manufacturer, Airbus Helicopter, on the technical issues.

Airbus is yet to comment on the development. The company, in October last year, announced the start of flight testing of the first batch of H225M helicopters ordered by Kuwait.

In August 2016, Kuwait signed a $1.2 billion deal to purchase 30 Caracal H225M medium-lift military helicopters from Airbus Helicopters. Out of 30 H225Ms, 24 are for the Kuwaiti Air Force and the remaining six are for the Kuwait National Guard. The helicopters are to be used for combat search-and-rescue (CSAR), naval operations, medical evacuation (MEDEVAC), and transportation.

Airbus Helicopters H225M, earlier called as Eurocopter EC725 Caracal, is a long-range tactical transport military helicopter developed from the Eurocopter AS532 Cougar for military use. It is the latest member of Airbus’ military Super Puma/Cougar family.

H225M is a twin-engined aircraft and can carry up to 28 seated troops along with two crew, depending on the configuration.

There are around 95 H225Ms in service across the world, having accumulated around 114,000 flight hours. The H225M is relied upon by France, Brazil, Mexico, Malaysia, Indonesia, and Thailand to support their most demanding missions and was ordered by Singapore, Kuwait, and Hungary.

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