H175M Task Force for UK’s New Medium Helicopter Requirement. What has Airbus Helicopters announced?


Airbus Helicopters has announced the first members of H175M Task Force – the UK-based industry team created to offer, supply and support the British-produced H175M helicopter for the UK’s New Medium Helicopter (NMH) requirement.

The addition of Babcock, Martin-Baker and Spirit AeroSystems will increase the sovereign UK elements of the Airbus proposition sourced from across the country.

Managing Director of Airbus Helicopters in the UK, Lenny Brown, said: “These agreements, signed with some of the most respected aeroSpαce companies in the UK and internationally are a clear sign of the robustness and enduring value to the nation of our proposal.

The H175M has the potential to reinvigorate the UK’s helicopter industry by addressing an export market estimated at nearly 500 aircraft worldwide.”

Phil Craig, Manager Director of Babcock Aviation UK, said: “Babcock are extremely pleased to be part of the H175M Task Force competing to deliver the New Medium Helicopter requirement for the UK Ministry of Defence.

Collaborating with Airbus as part of this strategic task force enables us to partner with industry specialists and leverage our expertise in aeroSpαce engineering and in-service support, delivering resilient operational capability for the UK MoD.

As a people-focused organization, we look forwαrd to investing in the future of UK Defence and to provide sustainable, long-term employment opportunities that will benefit local communities and the wider economy.”

Martin-Baker Director of Business Development Andrew Martin said: “Martin-Baker is proud to have had our life saving troop seats selected for the H75M platform.

Airbus and Martin-Baker have worked together for the last 20 years and look forwαrd to continuing this partnership.

We look forwαrd to joining other strategic partners on developing a proposal with the potential to help shape the future of UK military rotorcraft,” said Sir Michael Ryan, CBE, Vice President, European Spαce & Defence, and Government Affairs, Spirit AeroSystems.

In Belfast, Northern Ireland and Prestwick, Scotland Spirit AeroSystems, already an Airbus partner on the CityAirbus NextGen eVTOL aircraft, will undertake extensive detailed design and manufacturing activities on the H175M.

In addition, Pratt & Whitney Canada, is formally partnering in the team for which it supplies and supports the PT6C-67E turboshaft engines from its market leading family of powerplants.

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