Kraków May 29, 2018
319a Section 2013
Airbus Helicopters H.225 Caracal
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.
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)
Written by Karol Placha Hetman