Airbus Helicopters has completed the deliveries of 29 Helionix-equipped H135 Juno and three Helionix, hoist-equipped H145 Jupiter helicopters to the UK Ministry of Defence.
The handovers marked the end of the delivery phase of the rotary wing element of the UK Military Flying Training System (MFTS) contract.
An Airbus Helicopter statement said: “The company has completed its service provision build up and is fully embedded at RAF Shawbury and RAF Valley, supporting Ascent’s Training delivery from newly modernised facilities.”
On April 1, 2018, the date of the Royal Air Force’s centenary, Airbus Helicopters was confirmed by Ascent and the Ministry of Defence as being ready for training use for the UK MFTS.
Airbus Helicopters aircraft have provided continuous military flying training in the UK, following the usage of the Gazelle and the choice of AS350 Squirrels in 1997 for the Defence Helicopter Flying School.
Source: Airbus Helicopters