Helibras, the Brazilian subsidiary of Airbus Helicopters, will showcase its mission-ready product line at the outdoor chalet Nº30. On display will be the first naval combat H225M, developed and assembled by Helibras Brazil teams to meet the requirements of the Brazilian Navy. Within the Helibras static display, showgoers will see firsthand one of the Brazilian Army’s upgraded Fennecs, as well as an actual size mock-up of the lightweight military multi-role H145M helicopter, which can be used for a variety of military operations including utility, reconnaissance, search and rescue, armed scout and medical evacuation.
Helibras will also invite visitors to experience the innovative HForce weapon system and will demonstrate the advanced Helionix avionics suite already in service with the H135, H145, H160 and H175 helicopter types.
Alberto Robles, Head of Airbus Strategy & International for Latin America, said: “LAAD is among the most important defense exhibition for Airbus, demonstrating the relevance of Brazil on the world stage and showcasing our most advanced defense products, based not only on our aircraft, satellites and helicopters, but also on our broad portfolio of defense solutions, and advance equipment.”
The Brazilian Air Force currently operates 12 C295 transport aircraft; it has received the first of three C295 Maritime Patrol Aircraft and nine P-3 Orion maritime patrol aircraft modernized by Airbus. Additionally, Sky Brasil-1, a telecommunications satellite made by Airbus Defence and Space for AT&T/DIRECTV, was successfully launched in 2017 on an Ariane 5 rocket.
Helibras is the only Latin American helicopter manufacturer and a key actor in aerospace and defense-related services. In its 40 years of operations, Helibras the company has delivered more than 800 helicopters and won 50 percent of the turbine helicopter market. Helibras has facilities in Minas Gerais, São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, Atibaia and Brasília.
Currently, Airbus has more than 1,200 employees in Latin America throughout the region, including Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Mexico and Uruguay. In Brazil alone, the company has more than 500 employees.
Recently, the Airbus Foundation and Helibras launched the Flying Challenge, a youth development program that provides students with mentoring and academic assistance in math and Portuguese and offers parents behavioral lectures and support. The program winners had the unique opportunity to fly in the full flight simulator of the H225 Airbus helicopter.