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Production in China will also be discontinued. The announcement came from CEO Guillaume Faury: "We will no longer invest in entry-level helicopters, we are now focusing on the H125/130 range"
The production of the Airbus Helicopters H120 “Colibri” has stopped for good. Airbus Helicopters has officially shot down the production and marketing of its H120 single-engine turbine light helicopter.
The announcement came from Guillaume Faury, CEO of Airbus Helicopters. "We will no longer invest in entry-level helicopters like the H120. This program will gradually stop, and in the single-turbine helicopter segment, we are now focusing on the H125/130 range”.
The H120 entered service in 1998 and has been delivered in more than 50 countries with over 700 helicopters. In the US, the single engine has been in service since 2004 with the U.S. Homeland Security Department’s Customs officers.
"Airbus Helicopters is committed to continuing to support the global H120 fleet with the same level of support and services as today," added Airbus Helicopters’ CEO. The H120 made its first flight in June 1995. It was designed in partnership with the Chinese company Harbin Aircraft Manufacturing Corporation.
Its production in China, under the name of HC120, will also be discontinued.
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AIRBUS HELICOPTERS H120: MADE FOR LAW ENFORCEMENT
Some 700 Colibris have been delivered in 50 plus countries, with more than 600 being in-service worldwide today. With more than 400 operators, these aircraft have collectively surpassed 1.7 million flight hours as of December 2015.
The H120 is a preferred helicopter for law enforcement operations, which benefit from its discrete operation, effective maneuverability and enhanced safety features.
The wide, unobstructed flat-floor cabin provides room for both police forces and mission equipment, while the sturdy airframe accommodates a wide range of externally and internally-mounted items, such as forward looking infra-red (FLIR) cameras and search lights.
The H120 is used to perform surveillance, crowd control, anti-terrorist support, firefighting, drug detection and border patrol duties, among others.
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