The Romanian Ministry of
Interior has signed a contract with Airbus for the purchase of three H135
helicopters and associated support and services for air medical
services and search and rescue (SAR) missions in the country.
follows a four-year framework agreement signed at the end of
July 2019 that foresees the procurement of up to ten H135s.
“During 15 years of air medical services – the
well-known SMURD mission, the H135 has proven its utility, being a
rotorcraft which adapts rapidly to all types of requests,” said
Commander Dache Paul Catalin,
IGAv general inspector. “All advantages – mainly the flexible
maintenance, management of space for the transport of passengers
and patients, the speed, the capability to land in a limited area,
the possibility to operate life-saving medical interventions
during flight, the capability to fly during day and night, and its
versatility for mountain missions thanks to the hoist – are
essential when it comes to critical life saving missions.”
Airbus has delivered more than 1,300
H135 helicopters to customers around the globe who are logging more than
400,000 flight hours per year.
The H135’s operational scope
includes law enforcement, air medical services, private and
business aviation, the maintenance of industrial wind parks, and
The H135 is available in a wide range of dedicated interiors
that maximize operators’ choice in configurations, providing ample
room for single-patient or dual-patient transport.
“Airbus has been an active player in Romania for
almost 50 years and we are proud that the Ministry of Interior has
selected the H135 for such critical missions. As a market leader
with more than 600 helicopters in service for air medical service
missions worldwide, I have no doubt that it will be a valuable
life-saving asset to the country,” said Georges Durdilly, Head of
Airbus Helicopters in Romania.