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MBB Bk117







MBB Bk117

The BK.117 is a twin-engined medium utility–transport helicopter jointly developed between Messerschmitt-Bölkow-Blohm (MBB) of Germany and Kawasaki of Japan.

It first flew on June 13, 1979 and was in production until 2004 after 443 aircraft built when it was replaced by the EC.145.

In December 2012, Kawasaki delivered the 1000th airframe of the Bk117/EC145 family.
As of July 2018, over 1300 Bk117/EC145 delivered

c/n 1... : Kawasaki Bk.117A/B/C
c/n 7000 to 7253 : MBB built Bk.117A/B (listed here)
c/n 7500 to 7554 : Eurocopter Bk.117C1
c/n 4... : Kawasaki Bk.117C2 ( Japan EC145 )
c/n 9... : Eurocopter EC145 ( certificate Bk.117C2 ), rebranded Airbus Helicopters in 2014
c/n 20... : originally known as EC145T2, Airbus Bk.117D2 / H145 and military EC645 / Bk.117D2M / H145M
c/n 21... : Airbus Bk.117D3 / H145 (5-blade)



  Derivatives & Versions of Bk117


ModelYearHistory
KHI bk117

1979
1979 The Bk117 was a joint development between Kawasaki and German MBB (then Eurocopter, now Airbus). Serial production began in 1983. Kawasaki pro ...
Bk117A-1

1982
1982 Powered by two Lycoming LTS 101-650B-1 engines.
Bk117A-3

1985
1985
Bk117A-4

1986
1986
Bk117B-1

1987
1987 Powered by two LTS 101-750B-1 engines
Bk117B-2

1989
1989
Bk117B-3

1990
1990
EC Bk117

1992
1992 MBB became part of Eurocopter in mid 1991. Airframes are listed here it was succeeded by the EC.145
Airwork NZ BK117-850D2

2010
2010 Developed by Airwork NZ at Ardmore, New Zealand is the MBB/Kawasaki/Eurocopter Bk117B2 with their engines replaced with Honeywell LTS 101-850B-2 ...




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