Airbus has unveiled the H160 helicopter in Toulouse, France. The H160 is designed to be the largest and most powerful helicopter on Earth. With its size of 16 meters long, it’s able to accommodate up to 23 passengers or 12 stretchers. It has a range of 1,500 kilometers when carrying out rescue missions and can fly at speeds of 250 km/h with an operating altitude of 3,000 meters. Airbus claims that these specifications allow for this model to transport more than twice as many people as previous models could carry while also having better speed and maneuverability than other helicopters available today such as those from Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation. The H160 is one of just a few new models in the works that have been endorsed by both Airbus and Germany’s aerospace conglomerate EADS.
The Airbus H160 is a medium-sized, twin-engined helicopter developed by Airbus Helicopters. It was unveiled in December 2014 and the first flight took place on 19 February 2016. It will be initially certified as a civil helicopter and later as an emergency medical service (EMS) aircraft. The French and German armed forces have shown interest in this model.
The helicopter is intended for emergency services tasks including search and rescue, police missions, maritime operations, firefighting, and passenger transport.
The H160 is powered by two Safran Arriel 2E engines, with a maximum power of 1,798 kW each. In the emergency medical service role, it can have an auxiliary fuel tank to extend endurance. The helicopter has a dual-channel full authority digital engine control (FADEC) system.
The helicopter uses flaperons and a twin tail rotor system. The main rotor blades have swept tips and the tail rotor blades are semi-rigid, with an aerodynamic profile and a two-blade teetering hinge.
The H160 has a five-blade main rotor and three-blade tail rotor with coaxial contra-rotating rotors. It is designed with a rigid rotor that can act as a fixed-wing, to reduce drag in forwarding flight. The helicopter is fitted with tricycle landing gear and the main wheel suspension has an independent trailing arm bump stop construction.
The cockpit is designed for two crew members seated side by side on armored seats. Blackout windows are installed above the doors, so no windows are fitted in the doors. The cockpit has six flat-panel liquid crystal multifunction displays (LCD MFDs) and an active matrix color radar display.