Airbus increases production of H-160 helicopters
Enhanced and digitized assembly line to create 35 units per year
European manufacturer Airbus Helicopters said that it will boost its production capacity for twin-engine H-160 helicopters. After seven years of development 2021 was a turning point, with 52 aircraft ordered and confirmed to be on the market, including the first delivered to Japan's All Nippon Helicopter in December. The H-160M military version, meanwhile, has been on the market since the end of 2021 and has seen an order for 169 from France.
"We are already starting structural assembly of these aircraft. We knew the contracts were coming and wanted to get ahead of the curve. We are coming out of a long development cycle and now we are in the in-service and industrial ramp-up phase", said Gilles Armstrong, head of Airbus Helicopters' H-160 program.
The H-160 assembly line will be upgraded to produce 35 units per year. In addition, the assembly line will be fully digitized. Now the next step is the expected certification by the Federal Aviation Administration, which is evaluating the requirements and pilot training processes.
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