Spain: H-135 helicopters in service
The first aircraft of the model intended for the Navy
The first H-135 military helicopter entered into service in Spain with the Navy (Armada). This is the first rotary-wing aircraft of a order consisting of seven helicopters. This aircraft will be used for crew training activities prior to their deployment at sea in 2024.
The Armada's purchase of the H-135 is aimed at replacing aging Hughes MD-500s, which were used in maritime support and training roles. Overall, Madrid, starting from December 2021, has ordered 36 H-135 helicopters intended for all the armed forces (including 18 vehicles for the air force and navy), as well as for the police and civil guard.
This aircraft made its first flight on 15 February 1994 and was put on the market in 1996. It is a medium-light helicopter, with a four-bladed rotor and characteristic Fenestron. In the military version it is used in light attack, reconnaissance and transport missions. It is powered by Turbomeca Arrius 2B or PW206B engines (435 kW), has a speed of 259 km/h and a range of 595 km.
On the same topic, see also the article published by AVIONEWS.
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