Airbus Helicopters delivers first upgraded H135


Airbus Helicopters H135 (Credit: Polizei Bavern)

Airbus Helicopter has delivered the first retro-fitted H135 rotorcraft to the Bavarian Police.

The retrofit program is designed to bring previously-built models of the EC135 to the performance and safety standards of Airbus Helicopters’ newest version, the H135.

The newly retro-fitted helicopter has been deployed on a number of tasks, including the recent G7 summit in Bavaria.

Three of the law enforcement agency’s eight helicopters have completed the process and are already in service. The retrofits are being completed at the Airbus Helicopters production facility in Donauwörth, Germany.

Axel Humpert, head of the H135 program at Airbus Helicopters said: “Providing retrofits for the H135 corresponds to our company’s guidelines of quality and safety, as it offers our customers an economical solution to increase the capabilities of their machines. Besides the considerable improvements in performance and handling, the latest H135 continues to lead the market of its class in payload and low operative costs.”

“In addition to the improved handling and yaw control, the upgrade also effects a lower noise footprint – resulting from the increased rotor diameter,” Humpert added.