Brasov in Romania is the new future home of the Airbus Helicopters H215, the successor of the Aérospatiale AS332 C1e/L1e Super Puma medium-lift helicopter. The European rotary wing manufacturer set down the foundation stone on 17 November 2015.
Under the control of Airbus Helicopters Industries, the 10,000 square metres (about 30,000 sq ft) factory based in Brasov will house H215 production from procurement to after-sales, including design office activities, and will provide jobs to more than 300 employees in the long term. The assembly line will be capable of producing up to 15 aircraft per year. The first H215 to roll out of the assembly line is planned for 2017.
All H215 helicopters will come off the final assembly line in a standard configuration, with “optionals” to the needs of the customer ready to be selected. Currently the Super Puma is used in for example the offshore industry, logistic support missions and United Nations peacekeeping operations. Military versions are in use with many air forces worldwide.
The new chopper will include a “glass” cockpit and the 4-axis autopilot used on the H225.
Source: Airbus Helicopters
Image: A Starlight HEMS version of the Airbus Helicopters H215 (Image © Lorette Fabre / Airbus Helicopters)