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Introduction

Airbus Helicopters’ product range is configurable for attack missions, ranging from the two-metric-ton category H125 (formerly the AS550 C3e Fennec) to the heavy-duty Tiger. Benefitting from the company’s expertise in integrating weapons systems and tailoring its rotorcraft to operators’ requirements, these helicopters are designed from the start as military systems, with redundancy and durability for battlefield conditions.

Aircraft

Light single-engine helicopters
H125 Attack Helicopter
The most capable armed rotorcraft in the two-metric-ton class is Airbus Helicopters’ single-engine H125M. Equipped with Turbomeca’s Arriel 2D engine and a dual-channel Full Authority Digital Engine Control (FADEC) system, the H125M has a small visual silhouette, reduced radar signature and high agility in combat maneuvering.

It can be fitted with a podded 12.7-mm machine gun, a 20-mm cannon pod, 70-mm rockets and air-to-ground guided missiles. Side-mounted weaponry are a 7.62-mm machine gun and installed sniper rifle. Growth potential is available for guided rockets and air-to-air missiles.
 
Light twin-engine helicopters
In the three-ton category, the twin-engine H135M (Turbomeca) and H135M (Pratt & Whitney Canada) are the enhanced military versions of Airbus Helicopters’ H135, with improved high and hot performance, increased maximum takeoff weight, enlarged flight envelope and extended range.

Both utilize Airbus Helicopters’ four-blade fiber-reinforced composite bearingless main rotor and signature Fenestron® shrouded tail rotor that enhance their flight characteristics and increase survivability against ground fire, while also reducing vibration and noise levels.
 
Heavy helicopters
The H225M has been deployed in combat service worldwide, including deployments in Afghanistan, Libya and Mali. An evolution of Airbus Helicopters’ proven Cougar/Super Puma military rotorcraft, the H225M is the latest version of this 11-ton class helicopter family.

Armament for the H225M includes two side-mounted 180-round 20-mm gun pods or two 19-tube 2.75 inch rocket launchers, and 7.62 mm machine guns in forward cabin windows. The Sirina planning system enables missions to be prepared quickly and precisely according to the helicopter’s performance capability.
 
Specialized helicopters
Airbus Helicopters’ Tiger is a true multi-role attack rotorcraft whose mission applications include armed scout, anti-tank, and armed support duties. Designed for operations in the digital battlefield, the Tiger combines the attributes of low detectability with its flat and narrow silhouette; low radar profile and infrared signatures; low vulnerability through system redundancy; flight agility with its rigid rotor system; as well as high maneuverability, agility and survivability.

Qualified armament includes the Nexter 30M781 30-mm turret-mounted gun, interchangeable 68 mm and 70 mm unguided rockets (with growth potential for laser-guided rockets), as well as air-to-ground and air-to-air missiles.

The Tiger is combat proven during operational deployments in Afghanistan, the Central African Republic, Somalia, Libya and Mali.
 

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Customer feedback

"In 2013, the French government decided to launch Operation Serval in Mali on short notice, and the French armed forces had to react quickly following this decision. We were asked to rapidly deploy strike forces over distances of as much as 500 kilometers, and to strike hard. Our helicopters proved to be the perfect tool for these types of operations."
- Colonel Frédéric Gout, former commander of the 5th Combat Helicopter Regiment.