The first Airbus H225M helicopters to be
delivered to Kuwait later this year have started flight testing.
Kuwait ordered 30 of the long-range multi-role
H225Ms in August 2016.
The helicopters will be operated by the
Kuwait Air Force and the Kuwait National Guard.
There are currently 95 H225Ms in service across
the world, having accumulated around 114,000 flight hours.
11-metric-tonne H225M has a range of 700 NM which can be extended
with air-to-air or hover in-flight refuelling capabilities.
Its large cabin and heavy-lift performance
enables it to carry up to 28 troops/personnel in cabin seats, or
up to 14 troops/personnel on energy-absorbing wall-mounted seats.
Operations are facilitated by two large sliding cargo doors and
two large sliding windows, which leave the main cabin doors
The H225M can also be equipped with HForce, an
armament system common to these aircraft. Four different packages
offer customers a choice of armament to expand the capability of
the aircraft from that of ballistic weapons to the use of guided
ammunition with firing through electro-optical system (EOS) or
helmet mounted sight display (HMSD).
The H225M is used by France, Brazil, Mexico, Malaysia,
Indonesia and Thailand, and was recently ordered by Singapore, Kuwait, and Hungary.