H225M Caracal and Tiger in Poland for MSPO 2016
French Army H225M Caracal and Tiger HAD helicopters arrived to Kielce, Poland for the MSPO International Defence Industry Exhibition to be held Sept.6-9. Also on display will be the new German H145M
Airbus Helicopters, September 02, 2016 - Kielce, Poland – Airbus Helicopters will have a commanding presence at MSPO International Defence Industry Exhibition, which takes place in Kielce, Poland from 6-9 September 2016.
Highlighting its wide range of products, the company will present the H225M Caracal, which landed yesterday in Kielce following a ferry flight from France, together with the Tiger HAD and H145M on its static display.
Airbus Helicopters’ presence at the show is in line with Airbus Group’s “Make in Poland” ambition and will aim to emphasize its global commitment of long-term cooperation in country.
The H225M Caracal, pre-selected by the Polish government in 2015, is a heavy, modern and combat-proven platform able to perform the widest range of missions from special operations to combat search and rescue, tactical transport, medical evacuation as well as a large spectrum of maritime missions. Operated by the armed forces of France, Brazil, Mexico, Malaysia and Thailand, the H225M Caracal has demonstrated its reliability even in the harshest operational environments. Kuwait is the latest nation to join the community of Caracal users with an order of 30 H225M Caracal helicopters placed by the State of Kuwait last month.
Alongside the H225M will be Airbus Helicopters’ multi-role attack helicopter, the Tiger HAD, offered to Poland in the frame of its upcoming “Kruk” acquisition project. The Tiger is designed to perform armed reconnaissance, air or ground escort, air-to-air combat, ground firing support, destruction and anti-tank warfare, day or night and in adverse conditions. It has proven its capabilities during operational deployments in Afghanistan, the Central African Republic, Libya and Mali.
For the first time this year at MSPO, a real H145M from the German armed forces will be exhibited in Kielce. Certified in 2015, the H145M is the latest member of the Airbus Helicopters 4-ton-class twin-engine rotorcraft product range – with built-in mission capability and flexibility, especially in high-and-hot operating conditions. In its military version, this economical and versatile helicopter covers the entire spectrum of military missions, from light utility to light attack.
Airbus Group has been a contributing partner to the Polish aerospace industry for almost two decades. With a current footprint of more than 900 direct jobs, the Group and its suppliers are involved in multiple cooperation projects with Poland, aiming to create 6.000 direct and indirect jobs in country over the next years. With a large manufacturing base in Warsaw, a dedicated engineering centre in Łódź and through a number of research & development partnerships with technical universities as well as small and medium enterprises in Poland, Airbus is carrying out breakthrough innovation projects in close collaboration with local actors to support development of advanced future concepts.
About Airbus Group: Airbus Group is a global leader in aeronautics, space and related services. In 2015, the Group – comprising Airbus, Airbus Defence and Space and Airbus Helicopters – generated revenues of € 64.5 billion and employed a workforce of around 136,600.
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