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Airbus
Airbus
Helicopters SAS (formerly Eurocopter
Eurocopter
Group) is the helicopter manufacturing division of Airbus. It is the largest in the industry in terms of revenues and turbine helicopter deliveries. Its head office is located at Marseille Provence Airport
Marseille Provence Airport
in Marignane, France, near Marseille.[1] The main facilities of Airbus
Airbus
Helicopters are at its headquarters in Marignane, France and in Donauwörth, Germany, with additional production plants in Brazil (Helibras), Australia, Spain and the United States. The company was renamed Airbus
Airbus
Helicopters on 2 January 2014.[2]

Contents

1 History

1.1 Historical emblems

2 Products 3 See also 4 References 5 External links

History[edit] Airbus
Airbus
Helicopters was formed in 1992 as Eurocopter
Eurocopter
Group, through the merger of the helicopter divisions of Aérospatiale
Aérospatiale
and DASA. The company's heritage traces back to Blériot and Lioré et Olivier in France and to Messerschmitt and Focke-Wulf
Focke-Wulf
in Germany.[3]

AS350 BA Ecureuil

Airbus
Airbus
Helicopters and its predecessor companies have established a wide range of helicopter firsts, including the first production turboshaft-powered helicopter (the Aérospatiale
Aérospatiale
Alouette II of 1955); the introduction of the Fenestron
Fenestron
shrouded tail rotor (on the Gazelle of 1968); the first helicopter certified for full flight in icing conditions (the AS332 Super Puma, in 1984); the first production helicopter with a Fly-by-wire
Fly-by-wire
control system (the NHIndustries NH90, first flown in full FBW mode in 2003); the first helicopter to use a Fly-by-light primary control system (an EC135 testbed, first flown in 2003); and the first ever landing of a helicopter on Mt. Everest (achieved by an AS350 B3 in 2005).[4][5][6] As a consequence of the merger of Airbus
Airbus
Helicopters' former parents in 2000, the firm is now a wholly owned subsidiary of Airbus. The creation of what was then called EADS in 2000 also incorporated CASA of Spain, which itself had a history of helicopter-related activities dating back to Talleres Loring, including local assembly of the Bo105. Today, Airbus
Airbus
Helicopters has four main plants in Europe (Marignane and La Courneuve
La Courneuve
in France, and Donauwörth
Donauwörth
and Kassel
Kassel
in Germany), plus 32 subsidiaries and participants around the world, including those in Brisbane, Australia, Albacete, Spain and Grand Prairie, USA.[7][8] Since approximately 2006, Eurocopter
Eurocopter
has been involved in the planning for the proposed pan-European Future Transport Helicopter
Helicopter
project.[9] As of 2014, more than 12,000 Airbus
Airbus
Helicopters were in service with over 3,000 customers in around 150 countries.[10] Eurocopter
Eurocopter
sold 422 helicopters in 2013 and delivered 497 helicopters that year.[11] In 2014, AH built a concrete cylinder for testing helicopters before first flight.[12]

Structural evolution of Airbus
Airbus
SE

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18 December 1970 1 January 1992 10 July 2000 18 September 2000 January 2001 1 December 2006 1 April 2009 17 September 2010 17 January 2014 27 May 2015 1 January 2017 12 April 2017

    European Aeronautic Defence and Space Company NV Airbus
Airbus
Group NV Airbus
Airbus
Group SE Airbus
Airbus
SE   

Airbus
Airbus
Industrie GIE Airbus
Airbus
SAS  

  Airbus
Airbus
Military SAS Airbus
Airbus
Defence and Space SAS   

    EADS Defence and Security Cassidian
Cassidian
SAS

    Astrium
Astrium
SAS EADS Astrium
Astrium
SAS

  Eurocopter
Eurocopter
SA Eurocopter
Eurocopter
SAS Airbus
Airbus
Helicopters SAS   

              

                       

Historical emblems[edit] Historical emblems of the company:

1992-2000

2000–2010

2010–2014

2014-2017

Products[edit] When the division changed its name from Eurocopter
Eurocopter
Group to Airbus Helicopters in 2014 the trade names of the products were changed (applied by 1 January 2016) to reflect this. Suffixes, as well as the differentiation for single or twin engines, were no longer to be used. Military versions were to be symbolized by the letter M. The only exceptions to this new branding were the AS350 B2, AS635 and 565, the EC145e, the AS332 and 532, the Tiger and the NH90, which will keep their current names.:[13]

Original name Current name Maiden flight MTOW [t] Configuration

EC120 Colibri B H120 9 Jun 1995 1.715 5-seat single-engine[a]

AS350 Ecureuil/AStar B2/B3e H125 27 Jun 1974 2.25 single-engine

AS355 Ecureuil 2/TwinStar N/A 28 Sep 1979 2.54 light twin-engine utility helicopter

AS550 Fennec & AS555 Fennec 2 C3e H125M 1990 2.25 single and twin engine

EC130 T2 H130 24 Jun 1999 2.43 single-engine 'wide-body'

EC135 T3/P3 H135 15 Feb 1994 2.91 civil twin-engine

EC635 T2e/P2e H135M May 1998 2.9 twin-engine military

EC145e / T2 H145 12 Jun 1999 3.6 civil twin-engine

EC645 T2 H145M 12 Jun 1999 3.6 military twin-engine

AS365 Dauphin N3+ AS365 N3+ 24 Jan 1975 4.3 civil twin-engine

AS565 Panther MBe AS565 MBe 29 Feb 1984 4.3 military twin-engine

EC155 B1 H155 17 Jun 1997 4.92 long-range passenger transport

X4 H160 13 Jun 2015 5.67 AS365/EC155 replacement

EC175 H175 17 Dec 2009 7.8 twin-engine transport/utility

AS332 Super Puma C1e/L1e H215 13 Sep 1978 9.15 twin-engine transport/utility

AS532 Cougar ALe H215M Sep 1977 9 twin-engine

EC225 Super Puma e H225 27 Nov 2000 11.2 long-range passenger transport

EC725 Cougar H225M 27 Nov 2000 11.2 long-range tactical transport

NHIndustries NH90 NH90 18 Dec 1995 10.6 twin-engine, fly-by-wire [b]

EC665 Tiger Tiger 27 April 1991 6 attack helicopter

^ with Harbin Aircraft Manufacturing Corporation ^ via 62.5% share in NHI joint venture

Eurocopter UH-72 Lakota
Eurocopter UH-72 Lakota
– light utility helicopter in operation with the U.S. Army and Navy HH/MH-65C/D Dolphin – medium-sized search & rescue and drug interdiction helicopter KAI KUH-1 Surion
KAI KUH-1 Surion
– medium-sized twin-engined transport/utility helicopter developed in cooperation with Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI) X³ rotorcraft – hybrid helicopter with two forward propellers, which achieved a 255-knot speed milestone in level flight in June 2011.[14] Airbus
Airbus
Helicopters X6 – Two year concept study into the possible launch of an 11.5t helicopter to replace the H225.[15][16]

Some of the helicopters were renamed in 2015, resembling Airbus airplane naming.[17] Note: On Airbus
Airbus
Helicopters aircraft designed in France, the main rotor turns clockwise when viewed from above, in common with rotorcraft deriving from Russia. Airbus
Airbus
Helicopters products developed in Germany have a main rotor which turns counter-clockwise when viewed from above, in common with American rotorcraft.

AS332 Super Puma

NH90 Tactical Transport Helicopter
Helicopter
(TTH)

EC135 T2+

EC145

EC120 Colibri

Tiger ARH

See also[edit]

European Union portal Companies portal

Comparable major helicopter manufacturers:

AgustaWestland Bell Helicopter Boeing Rotorcraft Systems MD Helicopters Russian Helicopters Sikorsky Aircraft

References[edit]

^ "Legal Notice and Disclaimer Archived 12 January 2014 at the Wayback Machine.." Airbus
Airbus
Helicopters. Retrieved on 24 January 2014. "[...]whose registered Office is located Aéroport International Marseille-Provence – 13725 Marignane
Marignane
Cedex – France" ^ Airbus
Airbus
Helicopters ^ Airbus
Airbus
Helicopters history Archived 14 January 2014 at Archive.is ^ "Landing on Air". National Geographic Adventure. 1 September 2005. Archived from the original on 2 August 2009. Retrieved 24 June 2009.  ^ "Everest 2005: The Helicopter
Helicopter
land on Everest with video: But it is good?". wayback.archive-it.org. Retrieved 2 April 2018.  ^ "French Everest Mystery Chopper's Utopia summit". MountEverest.net. 27 May 2005.  ^ Airbus
Airbus
Helicopters – Spain Archived 16 January 2014 at the Wayback Machine. ^ Airbus
Airbus
Helicopters – Interactive Network Map Archived 15 January 2014 at the Wayback Machine. ^ "Rüstung: EU beschließt Bau von Helikopter" (in German). Retrieved 2018-01-23.  ^ Airbus
Airbus
Helicopters – Who We are Archived 14 January 2014 at the Wayback Machine. ^ Airbus
Airbus
Helicopters aims high with new branding and a strategic transformation Archived 3 February 2014 at the Wayback Machine. ^ "HeliHub.com New dynamic testing method at Airbus
Airbus
brings helicopters to market quickly". helihub.com. Retrieved 2 April 2018.  ^ http://www.airbushelicopters.com/w1/jrotor/100/sources/projet/pdfs/page7.pdf ^ Eurocopter's X3 hybrid helicopter makes aviation history in achieving a speed milestone of 255 knots during level flight Archived 27 May 2014 at the Wayback Machine. ^ "PARIS: Airbus
Airbus
Helicopters launches X6 concept phase". 2015-06-16. Retrieved 2016-07-08.  ^ "www.airbushelicopters.com/website/en/press/Airbus-Helicopters-launches-X6-concept-phase,-setting-the-standard-for-the-future-in-heavy-lift-rotorcraft_1771.html". www.airbushelicopters.com. Retrieved 2016-07-08.  ^ " Airbus
Airbus
renames fleet". Vertical Magazine. April 2015. p. 36. Archived from the original on 19 April 2015. Retrieved 11 April 2015. 

External links[edit]

Wikimedia Commons has media related to Airbus
Airbus
Helicopters.

Official website Helibras Airbus
Airbus
Helicopters timeline at Helis.com Dominic Perry (20 Feb 2018). "Faury leaves Airbus
Airbus
Helicopters a business transformed". Flightglobal. 

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Aircraft of Airbus

Aeroplanes

Civil

A300 A300 Beluga A310 A320 family (A318 / A319 / A320 / A321) A320neo family A330 A330neo A330 Beluga XL A340 A350 XWB A380 Airbus
Airbus
Corporate Jets E-Fan E-Fan X NSR Thor (UAV)
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Military ( Airbus
Airbus
Defence and Space)

A310 MRTT CC-150 Polaris A330 MRTT A400M C212 CN235 C295 HC-144 Mako/HEAT KC-45 Eurofighter Typhoon

Helicopters ( Airbus
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Helicopters)

Civil

BK 117 CityAirbus EC120 (H120) EC130 (H130) EC135 (H135) EC145
EC145
(H145) EC155 (H155) H160 EC175 (H175) EC225 (H225) AS332 (H215) AS350 (H125) AS355 SA/AS365 X3 (experimental) X6

Military

AS532 AS550 (H125M)/AS555 AS565 EC635 (H135M) EC645 (H145M) EC665 EC725 (H225M) HH/MH-65 NH90 UH-72

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