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Ukrainian Ministry of Interior receives its first H-225 helicopters

Another two aircraft will join the fleet in the coming weeks

Kick-starting the modernisation of Ukraine’s helicopter fleet, Airbus Helicopters has delivered the first two H-225s, out of an order for 21 aircraft, to the Ukrainian Ministry of Interior. One aircraft is destined for search and rescue missions and the other one will be operated by the National Guard for law enforcement missions. The helicopters were repurposed to suit these public service missions in just over three months. Another two units will join the fleet in the coming weeks.

The first deliveries have taken place in the frame of the Intergovernmental Agreement contract signed in July 2018 for 55 aircraft (21 repurposed H-225s, 10 brand new H-145s, and 24 H-125s), all aimed for search and rescue (SAR), EMS and other public service missions.

The 11-tonne-category twin-turbine H-225 is recognised as a reference in SAR operations and is relied on by organisations worldwide including the Japan Coast Guard, the Spanish Coast Guard and the Argentine Coast Guard. Benefits for these demanding missions include a takeoff sequence of less than five minutes, its all-weather capability including in full icing conditions, its SAR modes and autopilot.

This model offers endurance and fast cruise speed, and can be fitted with a wide range of mission equipment to suit any role. Its family has accumulated over 640,000 flight hours to date.

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