DGA Notifies Contract for Three Airbus H225 Test Bench Helicopters

 In Industry, Acquisition, & Innovation, Europe, Defense, Air, France

The French defense pro­cure­ment agency, General Directorate of Armaments (DGA) noti­fied the con­tract for the devel­op­ment and supply of three new gen­er­a­tion test bench heli­copters (HBE NG) to the con­sor­tium formed by Airbus Helicopters and Héli-Union, on August 3.

This con­tract will con­tribute to the renew­al of the test bench heli­copter fleet (HBE) of the DGA Flight Tests test center.

Produced on the basis of the H225 civil­ian heli­copter (latest ver­sion of the Super Puma family from Airbus Helicopters), these three HBE NG will enable DGA Flight Tests to guar­an­tee the con­ti­nu­ity of its mis­sions before the grad­ual with­draw­al from ser­vice of the Puma heli­copters whose aver­age age is 48 years.

To ensure flight tests for the devel­op­ment and qual­i­fi­ca­tion of equip­ment and future weapon sys­tems, DGA Flight Tests uses a diver­si­fied fleet of spe­cial­ly instru­ment­ed test bench heli­copters (four Puma SA330s, four Dauphin SA 365, three Fennec AS 550), to ensure a wide perime­ter includ­ing mis­siles, optron­ic sen­sors, elec­tron­ic war­fare and elec­tro­mag­net­ic detec­tion equip­ment and safety-rescue-para­chut­ing equip­ment.

Héli-Union will deliv­er the three “unmod­i­fied” heli­copters to the DGA after a main­te­nance visit. Airbus Helicopters will then carry out the devel­op­ment work for the test bench mod­i­fi­ca­tions as well as the mod­i­fi­ca­tion sites. Their sup­port will be pro­vid­ed by con­tracts from the Aeronautical Maintenance Department (DMAé).

Delivery of the first HBE NG is sched­uled for early 2024.

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