Airbus has selected the Pratt & Whitney PW206B3
engine to power the H135 IFR-certified helicopter the company is
proposing for the U.S. Navy helicopter trainer replacement.
“Pratt & Whitney engines power a large portion
of the H135 fleet flying in North America, and we feel this choice
reinforces the H135 as the best-value solution for the Navy’s
initial entry rotary-wing pilot training requirement,” said Chris
Emerson, President of Airbus Helicopters, Inc. and Head of the
North America Region. “In partnership with Pratt & Whitney, Airbus
is offering the Navy an enhanced training capability that will
provide future naval aviators with the most realistic training
available to prepare them for the fleet operations they will
perform in more advanced aircraft.”
The H135, which is IFR certified by the FAA,
features an advanced Helionix avionics system with color digital multi-function displays, a four-axis autopilot,
Integrated Flight Management System, and engines with Full
Authority Digital Engine Control and one engine inoperative (OEI)
Airbus will manufacture the H135 for the Navy at
its production facilities in Columbus, Miss. The Columbus plant
has produced more than 430 UH-72A Lakota helicopters on-time and
on-cost for the U.S. Army. It is also home to a production line
for the H125 civil helicopter for the North American market.
“We are proud to power the Airbus H135 proposal
in support of the U.S. Navy Advanced Helicopter Training System,”
said Maria Della Posta, Senior Vice President, Pratt & Whitney
Canada. “With a track record of high performance, quality and
reliability, our engines are the perfect choice for the U.S.
The Airbus H135 is in use with ten military services in
nine nations for initial and advanced rotary-wing pilot training.
More than 1,300 H135 family aircraft are in service around the
globe with an accumulation of over 5 million total flight hours in
missions such as search and rescue, armed scout, and pilot