Airbus Helicopters H.225 Caracal. 2013. English version

Kraków May 29, 2018

319a Section 2013

Airbus Helicopters H.225 Caracal

Poland

Construction

Airbus Helicopters H.225M Caracal / Eurocopter EC725 Caracal

The H.225M medium-sized (11 000 kg), twin-engine helicopter is a member of the Cougar helicopter family developed by Eurocopter. The aircraft has been developed in the military H.225M version and a civil EC.225 version.

The EC.725 is based on the Eurocopter AS.532 Cougar, improving upon the design with a five-blade composite main rotor incorporating a new airfoil shape to reduce vibration levels. 

The helicopter is powered by two Turbomeca Makila 1A4 turboshaft engines mounted over the cabin, which feature a dual-channel Full Authority Digital Engine Control (FADEC) system. An in-flight refueling probe can be fitted to the front starboard side of the aircraft for in-flight refueling thusly extended operational ranges considerably. 

The Caracal have fitted with an anti-icing system to enable the aircraft to operate in very cold climates. 

It has all glass cockpit. The cockpit is equipped with an integrated display system featuring a digital map and Active Matrix Liquid Crystal Displays.

Eurocopter developed four primacy cabin configurations for the type. The Troop Transport version has a maximum of 29 troops. A dedicated VIP transport version is designed to contain between 8 and 12 passengers.

The helicopter has day and night time search and rescue capabilities by way of a search radar and Forward Looking Infra Red (FLIR).

The EC.725 can be equipped with various military equipment and armaments, such as a pair of 7.62 mm FN MAG machine guns mounted within forward left and right windows, or a pair of 68 mm (2.75") Thales Brandt or Forges de Zeebrugge side-mounted rocket launchers, each with 19 rockets, or the MU90 Impact aerial-launched torpedo. The helicopter also has defense systems. Utilities depend on the user's requirements.

Armament

2 x 7.62mm Fabrique Nationale FN MAG general purpose machine guns at window mounts.

2 x 19 68mm rocket pods on external side mounts

2 x 20mm GIAT cannon pods on external side mounts 

Specifications (EC.725 Caracal) (Data T-T)

General characteristics

  • Crew: 2 (pilot, co-pilot) or 1 pilot
  • Capacity: 29 troops or 5,670 kg (12,500 lb) cargo
  • Length: 19.50 m (64 ft 0 in)
  • Height: 4.60 m (15 ft 1 in)
  • Empty weight: 5,330 kg (11,751 lb)
  • Gross weight: 11,000 kg (24,251 lb)
  • Max takeoff weight: 11,200 kg (24,692 lb)
  • Powerplant: 2 × Turbomeca Makila 2A1 turboshaft engines, 1,776 kW (2,382 hp) each
  • Main rotor diameter: 16.20 m (53 ft 2 in)
  • Main rotor area: 206.1 m2 (2,218 sq ft)

Performance

  • Maximum speed: 324 km/h (201 mph; 175 kn) in level flight
  • Cruise speed: 285 km/h (177 mph; 154 kn)
  • Never exceed speed: 324 km/h (201 mph; 175 kn)
  • Range: 857 km (533 mi; 463 nmi)
  • Ferry range: 1,325 km (823 mi; 715 nmi)
  • Service ceiling: 6,095 m (19,997 ft)
  • Rate of climb: 7.4 m/s (1,460 ft/min)

 

Written by Karol Placha Hetman