9-Jul-2021 Source: Helibras
The H225M multi-mission helicopter in its Naval Version has completed an important step towards completion of its certification. The shooting campaign with the Exocet AM39 B2M2 missiles was carried out with the logistical and operational support of the Brazilian Navy, from the São Pedro da Aldeia Naval Air Base. The delivery of the first unit of this version to the Brazilian Navy is scheduled for the end of 2021, as part of the contract signed in 2008 between the Helibras-Airbus Consortium and the Brazilian government, which provides for the delivery to the 3 Brazilian Armed Forces of 50 aircraft of the model, including 7 different versions, and produced at the Helibras factory in Itajubá.
Specially developed for the Brazilian Navy, the Naval version of the H225M aircraft is the most complex of this model ever developed and produced. The development of this specific version was led by the Engineering Center of Helibras and Airbus Helicopters.
This helicopter will represent a great increase in the operational capacity of the institution, which will be able to carry out SAR, CSAR, Area Control and Air Surface Attack missions, gaining agility, strength and technical and operational capabilities to defend the Brazilian borders, seas and people and act for national autonomy and sovereignty. The aircraft has state-of-the-art embedded systems, including the EWS IDAS-3 (countermeasure system), the ability to fire Exocet AM39 B2M2 missiles, the APS143 tactical radar and the naval mission system (N-TDMS), among others.
“It is an honor for Helibras to see how the H-XBR Program contributes to the training of the Brazilian aeronautical industry and sovereignty in the manufacture of helicopters, playing an important role in improving the operational capacity of the Brazilian Armed Forces, adds Jean-Luc Alfonsi, President Helibras.
the system allows for significant expansion of the Navy fighting force, as well as providing a great technological leap for Brazil in weaponry and protection systems and thus strengthening the Industrial Base Defense and Security of the country.
This mission with the H225M also highlighted the efficiency of the MBDA Exocet AM39 B2M2 missile. “We have a partnership of over 40 years with the Brazilian Navy, with the presence of the Exocet anti-ship missile in the country, an intelligent and effective system, which has gained several versions and updates over the years. We are pleased to be able to contribute to the technological autonomy of the country and support the Armed Forces in their mission to guarantee the protection of the Blue Amazon and the country’s sovereignty,” said Patrick de La Revelière, MBDA Vice President for Latin America and Canada. The Exocet AM39 B2M2 is a modern airborne version of the Exocet long-range anti-ship missile family. The Missile System was fully integrated with the Naval Mission System (N-TDMS), which was specially developed for the Brazilian Navy and integrated into the H225M.
The naval operational version’s tactical mission system, the N-TDMS (Naval Tactical Data Management System), is responsible for command and control of all embedded systems, including the weapons system. Through the compilation of sensor data and flight data, the N-TDMS is able to present to the operator, on a single screen, the entire tactical situation around the aircraft, facilitating the crew’s decision-making process. Atech, a company of the Embraer Group, actively participated in this development.
“Being part of this project is a reason of great pride for Atech, as we are alongside great partners, acting for the sovereignty of our country. We had an active participation in the development and conception of the NTDMS system. For us, it is the consolidation of a work , which shows our DNA in integration and development in the constant search for Brazilian technological autonomy”, emphasizes the director of Atech, Giacomo Staniscia.
The receipt of this aircraft, with high capacity and technological development, will greatly increase the operational capacity of the Brazilian Navy, providing an air-naval means capable of collaborating with the fulfillment of its mission, such as the defense and surveillance of our Blue Amazon.