On 9 August 2016 Airbus Helicopters has signed a contract with the Kuwait Ministry of Defence for the purchase of 30 H225M Caracal multirole utility helicopters as well as an associated support and services package, during the visit of the French Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian to Kuwait.
«We are greatly honored that the Kuwait Ministry of Defence has chosen the H225M Caracal as the best platform to fulfill its demanding operational requirements», said Guillaume Faury, CEO of Airbus Helicopters. «Our relationship with Kuwait dates back more than 40 years with Super Pumas, Pumas and Gazelles having been delivered to the Armed Forces of the State of Kuwait over the past decades. This H225M Caracal contract opens a new chapter in our cooperation. I would like to personally thank the Kuwait Air Force which placed its trust in our products to renew its helicopter fleet, and I am also grateful for the confidence of the Kuwait National Guard which has decided to create its helicopter squadron with the support of Airbus Helicopters», Guillaume Faury added.
During the visit, Airbus Helicopters representatives recognized the key role played by French Minister of Defence Jean-Yves Le Drian who provided his continued support to the realization of this project, in line with the existing France-Kuwait strategic relationship.
Kuwait’s fleet of H225M Caracal will be used for a wide variety of missions such as combat search-and-rescue, naval operations, medical evacuation and military transportation. The helicopters will be operated by the Kuwait Air Force and the Kuwait National Guard. A combat-proven platform with exceptional payload, a world-class automatic flight control system and long endurance, the H225M Caracal has demonstrated its versatility and performance even in the harshest operational environments.
The H225M Caracal is the latest evolution of the successful Super Puma/Cougar family of military helicopters, with more than 500 units delivered worldwide. Kuwait is the latest nation to join the community of Caracal users with 138 H225M Caracal having been ordered so far by France, Brazil, Mexico, Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, and Kuwait.
|Troop transport||2 pilots + 1 chief of stick + 28 seats|
|VIP transport||2 pilots + 8 to 12 passengers|
|Casualty evacuation||2 pilots + up to 11 stretchers + 4 seats|
|Sling load||4,750 kg/10,472 lbs|
|Length||16.79 m/55.08 feet|
|Width||3.96 m/13 feet|
|Height||4.60 m/15.09 feet|
|Maximum Take-Off Weight (MTOW)||11,000 kg/24,251 lbs|
|MTOW in external load configuration||11,200 kg/24,690 lbs|
|Empty weight||5,715 kg/12,600 lbs|
|Useful load||5,285 kg/11,651 lbs|
|Maximum cargo-sling load||4,750 kg/10,472 lbs|
|Standard fuel capacity||2,247 kg/4,954 lbs|
|ENGINES 2 TURBOMECA MAKILA 2A1|
|Take-off power per engine||1,567 kW/2,101 shp|
|PERFORMANCE AT MAXIMUM GROSS WEIGHT, ISA*, SL**|
|Maximum speed (Vne***)||324 km/h/175 knots|
|Fast cruise speed (at MCP****)||262 km/h/142 knots|
|Rate of climb||5.4 m/s/1,064 feet/min|
|Service ceiling (Vz = 0.508 m/s = 100 feet/min)||3,968 m/13,019 feet|
|Hover ceiling OGE***** at ISA*, MTOW, take-off power||792 m/2,600 feet|
|Maximum range without reserve at Economical Cruise Speed||909 km/491 NM|
|Endurance without reserve at 148 km/h/80 knots||>4 h 20 min|
* International Standard Atmosphere
** Sea Level
*** Never Exceed Speed
**** Mode Control Panel
***** Out of Ground Effect