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H135M  
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 2002
Total Production: 71
Unitary Cost: USD$4.0 million
Also Known As: EC 635P2, EC 635T2 and EC635
Origin: Germany
Corporations: Airbus Helicopters
Parent System: H135M
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 2002
Total Production: 71
Total Cost: USD$120 million
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Description: The Airbus Helicopters H135M, formerly the Eurocopter EC 635, is a twin-engine, light, multi-mission, militarized variant of successful EC 135 helicopter, that owns around 60% of the small-sized helicopters market. It is well suited to troop transport, light utility, medevac, training, target designation, reconnaissance and Search and Rescue (SAR) missions in unarmed configuration. Outfitted with a wide variety of armament pods housing guns, guided missiles or rockets, the EC 635 is well suited to armed reconnaissance in hostile environments, anti-tank, light attack against ground positions, fire support, escort, border control and zone neutralization missions.

The aircraft fuselage incorporates the latest composite technologies which contribute to excellent speed and range. High maneuverability, ease of maintenance, reduced operating costs, low noise, high airlift capacity compared with other small-sized helicopters, and virtually no vibration compete the full spectrum of features provided to EC 635s. Either fuel-efficient Turbomeca Arrius 2B2 engines (EC 635T2) or Pratt & Whitney PW206B2 engines (EC 635P2) can power the EC 635 helicopter.

Portugal, as the launch customer, ordered nine versatile Arrius-powered EC 635s valued at €35 million that underwent qualification firing trials using rockets and guided missiles in 2001. Jordan has expressed its commitment for up to 16 of these machines. On 10 January 2006, Royal Jordanian Air Force ordered four additional Eurocopter EC 635 helicopters to expand its existing fleet. Two aircraft were scheduled for delivery in 2006 and the remaining two during 2007. These aircraft were intended for border surveillance, special operations missions, medical evacuation, police law enforcement and VIP transport.

Eurocopter Germany and the Swiss defense procurement agency signed a contract on April 25, 2006, for the delivery of 20 EC 635/EC 135 family helicopters to the Swiss Armed Forces. Two EC 135 are intended for VIP transport while the remaining 18 EC 635 helicopters were purchased as a replacement for aging Alouette III in the utility and advanced training role. Deliveries were expected to begin in early 2008 and complete by the end of 2009. The first four machines were agreed to be assembled by Eurocopter in Germany with the other 16 to be assembled by RUAG in Switzerland.

H135M Specifications

Crew: 2
Main Rotor Blades: 4
Number of Engines: 2
Troops: 6
Dimensions
Height: 3.62 meter (11.9 foot)
Length: 10.2 meter (33.5 foot)
Main Rotor Diameter: 10.2 meter (33.5 foot)
Width: 2 meter
Performance
Ceiling: 4,570 meter (14,993 foot)
Max Range: 670 kilometer (362 nautical mile)
Power
Max Power at TakeOff: 1,212 shp
Speed
Cruise Speed: 73 mps (263 kph)
Top Speed at High Altitude: 80 mps (287 kph)
Time
Flight Endurance: 4 hour
Weight
Empty Weight: 1,460 kilogram (3,219 pound)
Max Takeoff Weight: 2,900 kilogram (6,393 pound)
Payload: 1,375 kilogram (3,031 pound)
CEP: Circular Error Probable
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H135M News

There are 7 news between
10 Jan 2006 and 15 Sep 2010
Wednesday, September 15, 2010Eurocopter & ATE Begin Firing Tests on Weapons System for Light Helicopters
Tuesday, December 22, 2009Swiss Air Force Receives 20th Eurocopter EC635 Helicopter
Wednesday, October 28, 200920 M 621 20mm Cannon from Nexter Logs Two More Export Orders
Wednesday, March 12, 2008Eurocopter Delivers the First EC635 Helicopter for the Swiss Air Force
Wednesday, May 23, 2007First EC635 Helicopter for Swiss Air Force takes to the Air
Tuesday, April 25, 2006EC635/EC135 Helicopters Selected as replacement for Swiss Armed Forces Alouette III
Tuesday, January 10, 2006Kingdom of Jordan Orders 4 Additional EC 635 Helicopters

Operators & Related Equipment


OperatorsItems
Iraq24
Iraqi Armed Forces order announced in late March 2009 and valued at 360 million Euro
Switzerland18
YearHoldings
Dec 200918

Grand Total 714
Propulsion Systems
Arrius 2B2x2
PW206B2x2
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