H135 and H145s at Royal Air Force base Shawbury. Photo courtesy of the Crown / Airbus Helicopters
Airbus Helicopters has delivered 29 H135s and three H145s, all equipped with Helionix, marking the end of the delivery phrase of its Military Flying Training System contract with the U.K. Ministry of Defence.
The helicopters are now fully operational at Royal Air Force (RAF) Valley and Shawbury.
According to an Airbus press release the H135 and H145 entries into service marks 45 years and three generations of Airbus helicopters providing military flying training in the U.K. The RAF and the U.K.'s navy and army first selected the SA341 Gazelle in 1973 and the AS350 Squirrels in 1997.