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German Federal Police Orders up to 44 H225

German Ministry of Interior orders 38 Airbus H225 helicopters, with an option for 6 more, to replace the Federal Police’s EC155/H155 and AS332/H215 fleet starting in 2029

German Federal Police Orders up to 44 H225
Airbus Helicopters, June 06, 2024 - ILA 2024, Berlin - The German Ministry of the Interior has ordered up to 44 H225 helicopters for its Federal Police.

This record order for the H225 includes 38 firm orders with options for a further six helicopters. Its payload, range and advanced systems make it a versatile aircraft capable of conducting a large array of law enforcement and homeland security missions ranging from special forces transport to firefighting and disaster relief. Deliveries are scheduled to start in 2029.

Bruno Even, CEO of Airbus Helicopters said “I would like to thank Germany for its continued and renewed trust in our helicopters and in particular in our H225 family. We're proud that our H225 will contribute to the security of Germany and help its citizens in need. The Bundespolizei can look forward to a modern helicopter thanks to the continuous improvements we've made to our H225 in recent years. It will remain one of the most advanced helicopters available on the market for the decades to come.”

The H225 will replace the H155 and AS332 helicopters that have been in service with the German Federal Police for more than 20 years. The order of the H225 will ensure a seamless transition for pilots and maintenance personnel. The contract also includes training means and spare part packages.

The new and powerful mission and communication system guarantees improved situational awareness and smooth data transmission between police forces. It also has an improved main gearbox and an extended health and usage monitoring system, which increases safety and helps to save costs. With a maximum takeoff weight of 11,160 kg, the H225 offers an increased range of more than 832 kilometers (1,107 km with external fuel tanks) and an unmatched external payload of 4,750 kg, essential for missions like disaster relief and firefighting. Airbus Helicopters’ ambition is that the helicopter will be able to fly with 100 percent sustainable aviation fuel by 2030 which was already demonstrated at ILA Berlin 2022.

The German Bundespolizei operates 94 Airbus helicopters, ranging from the single-engine H120 used for pilot training, to more than 40 twin-engine H135 family helicopters for several missions including emergency medical services on behalf of the Federal Office of Civil Protection and Disaster Assistance (Bundesamt für Bevölkerungsschutz und Katastrophenhilfe), and the Super Puma family, of which the H225 is the latest variant. The partnership began in 1962, when the Bundespolizei (at that time Bundesgrenzschutz) started operation of its Alouette II, manufactured by Airbus predecessor company Aérospatiale.

Offering the industry’s best range, speed, payload and reliability in the 11-tonne twin-engine category, the H225 is the latest member of Airbus Helicopters’ Super Puma family that has accumulated more than 6 million flight hours in all-weather conditions around the world. Equipped with state-of-the-art electronic instruments and renowned autopilot precision, the H225 offers outstanding endurance and fast cruise speed, and can be fitted with various equipment to suit a variety of roles.

Safran to power new German Federal Police helicopters

German Federal Police Orders up to 44 H225
Safran Makila 2A engines

Safran - Safran Helicopter Engines will power the German Federal Police's (Bundespolizei) new fleet of Airbus H225 helicopters, the selection of which was announced at the ILA Berlin show. The 38 helicopters will be powered by our Makila 2A engines.

The German Federal Police, which already operates a fleet of Makila-powered AS332 and H215 helicopters, is thus renewing its confidence in this performance proven engine. With this contract, its helicopter fleet will continue to be powered entirely by Safran.

The Makila 2A, powering all variants of the H225, is a 2,100 shp engine which will contribute to expanding the Bundespolizei's operational capabilities. Makila 2A engine family has earned a reputation for reliability and robustness among operators operating in challenging conditions, notably in demanding police and defense environments. It has accumulated over 12 million flight hours.

Cédric Goubet, Safran Helicopter Engines CEO said “We are proud that the German Federal Police have chosen the Airbus H225 as their new transport helicopter. In choosing this helicopter with its world-renowned performance, they are also placing their trust in the Makila 2A engine, which is particularly well suited to operators carrying out demanding missions in challenging environments. The Bundespolizei will also benefit from highest-standard support via our Safran Helicopter Engines Germany facility in Hamburg”

Safran Helicopter Engines Germany in Hamburg monitors and supports 300 helicopter operators in Germany, Northern Europe, Eastern Europe and Central Asia, for a total fleet of 2,000 engines. In Germany, Safran powers the majority of police and armed forces helicopters.

Safran Helicopter Engines is the world’s leading manufacturer of helicopter engines, with more than 75,000 produced since being founded. It offers the widest range of helicopter turboshafts in the world and has more than 2,500 customers in 155 countries.

About Safran : Safran is an international high-technology group, operating in the aviation (propulsion, equipment and interiors), defense and space markets. Its core purpose is to contribute to a safer, more sustainable world, where air transport is more environmentally friendly, comfortable and accessible. Safran has a global presence, with 92 000 employees and sales of 23.2 billion euros in 2023, and holds, alone or in partnership, world or regional leadership positions in its core markets. Safran is listed on the Euronext Paris stock exchange and is part of the CAC 40 and Euro Stoxx 50 indices.

German Federal Police Orders up to 44 H225
The Bundespolizei operates 19 AS332L / H215 helicopters

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H225 in DE Bundespolizei
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