RIAT 22: Airbus announces companies involved in H175M Task Force

Airbus Helicopters announced on Friday 15, the first members of the H175M. The UK based industry team is to offer, supply and support the British produced H175M helicopter for the UK MOD’s New Medium Helicopter (NMH) programme.

The companies involved in the team include Babcock, Martin Baker, Pratt & Whitney Canada and Spirit AeroSystems. Babcock will play the role as support partner to Airbus on the H175 in UK service at the bases where the helicopter, if chosen will operate from. This will most likely be RAF Benson in South Oxfordshire or RAF Odiham in Hampshire. The RAF Puma Hc2 fleet is currently based at Benson, which will be the predecessor to any NMH that takes victory in the programme.

UK Company, Martin Baker, usually known for specialising in fast jet ejection seats, will provide the seating and integration of the seating aboard the H175.

Undertaking detailed design and manufacturing purposes on the H175, will be pre-existing airbus partner, Spirit AeroSystems. This will take place at the companies facilities in Belfast, Northern Ireland and Prestwick, Scotland. Providing the powerplant for the H175 will be Pratt &Whitney, it will provide the PT6C-67E turboshaft engines.

The Airbus Helicopters H175M was on display at RIAT 2022 in the static display.
The Airbus Helicopters H175M was on display at RIAT 2022 in the static display. Joe Campion

Airbus are due to announce more companies which will be part of the H175M task force as the bid processes to win the programme, which also involves Leonardo’s offer of the AW149 helicopter produced at its facility in Yeovilton.

Managing Director of Airbus Helicopters in the UK, Lenny Brown, said: “These agreements, signed with some of the most respected aerospace companies in the UK and internationally are a clear sign of the robustness and enduring value to the nation of our proposal.

“If selected the H175M Task Force will create hundreds of new jobs and sustain thousands more throughout the UK rotary supply chain in the years ahead. The H175M has the potential to reinvigorate the UK’s helicopter industry by addressing an export market estimated at nearly 500 aircraft worldwide.”