Airbus Helicopters fully operational as U.K. MFTS aircraft service provider

Airbus Helicopters’ completion of delivery of 29 Helionix-equipped H135s and three Helionix, hoist-equipped H145s earlier this year has marked the end of the delivery phase of the Military Flying Training System (MFTS) contract.

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An H135 Juno and H145 D2 Jupiter fly into RAF Shawbury. Airbus Helicopters Photo
An H135 Juno and H145 D2 Jupiter fly into RAF Shawbury. Airbus Helicopters Photo

On Oct. 2, the company completed its service provision build up and is fully embedded at RAF Shawbury and RAF Valley, supporting Ascent’s Training delivery from newly modernized facilities.

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On April 1, 2018, the precise date of the RAF Centenary, Airbus Helicopters was confirmed by Ascent and the Ministry of Defence as being ready for training use for the U.K. MFTS rotary-wing element. Since the contract signature on May 16, 2016, to ready for training on April 1, 2018, Airbus Helicopters has delivered on time and to cost against an extremely demanding timescale.

The entry into service of the H135 Juno and H145 Jupiter in 2018 marks 45 years and three generations of Airbus Helicopters’ aircraft providing continuous military flight training in the U.K. — following the selection of the SA 341 Gazelle in 1973 for the Navy, Army and the RAF Central Flying School (helicopters) and the choice of AS350 Squirrels in 1997 for the Defence Helicopter Flying School.

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