The first mention of the helicopter appeared in 2011. The novelty was to attract the attention of potential future customers, increase interest in the new model, and advertise a new development. Four years later, a helicopter prototype was presented at an exhibition in Orlando (Florida, USA).
First, the development of the X-4 learned the official name of the H-160. The helicopter body design was borrowed from the AS 365 model and made using the latest technology from composite materials. The release of the H160 will significantly change the market demand for medium-sized helicopters, where AgustaWestland with the most popular GW-139, as well as Sikorsky with C-76 and Bell 412, dominate.
The helicopter is mainly intended for servicing oil and gas fields, as well as for rescue operations to detect missing people (SAR), as medical assistance for delivering personnel and evacuating wounded and sick patients, servicing corporate clients, and VIP transportation.
Helicopter H160 belongs to the class of medium-tonnage models with its weight ranging from 5 to 6 tons and is capable of carrying up to 12 passengers. The use of composites for the production of a helicopter fuselage made it possible to reduce fuel consumption and operating costs by 15-20%. Airbus has used 68 new patents in helicopter manufacturing. New technology for manufacturing the case from composites was introduced in Germany.
The ends of the helicopter propeller are structurally changed, implemented on the current model of the helicopter, although work has been ongoing since 2007. The modified blades due to the new form allowed to reduce the sound pressure of 3-4 dB and increased flight performance. Through the use of a new form of blades, the carrying capacity increased by 100 kg. Changing the angle by 12 * of the frontal arrangement of the blades increased the helicopter’s carrying capacity by 40 kg.
The use of a combined five-blade main rotor with a change in gear values significantly improved the controllability of the helicopter, eliminating the need to install heavy active vibration systems. With controls. High efficiency was demonstrated by the new horizontal biplane stabilizer system. Significantly increasing the maneuverability of the model at low speeds. To increase the helicopter’s carrying capacity, Airbus engineers replaced the hydraulic chassis control system with an electric one, which allows more efficient control of the device during takeoffs and landings. A simplified main transmission control system has been introduced. A backup fuel and lubricant supply system was installed, which significantly increased the reliability of the main units
The helicopter is equipped with Turbomeca engines. Helionix avionics is installed in the cockpit, which has established itself as reliable equipment on EC 145 T2 and US 175 helicopters. All flight information is displayed on 4 multifunction monitors.
- Crew: 2
- Capacity: 12
- Length: 14 m (45 ft 11 in)
- Width: 12 m (39 ft 4 in)
- Height: 4 m (13 ft 1 in)
- Empty weight: 4,240 kg (9,348 lb)
- Max takeoff weight: 5,670 kg (12,500 lb) extended gross weight: 6,050 kg (13,340 lb)
- Max payload: 1,760 kg incl. up to 500 kg additional fuel
- Powerplant: 2 × Turbomeca Arrano turboshaft engines
- Main rotor diameter: 12 m (39 ft 4 in)
- Maximum speed: 325 km/h (202 mph, 175 kn)
- Cruise speed: 287 km/h (178 mph, 155 kn)
- Range: 850 km (530 mi, 460 nmi)
- Service ceiling: 5,900 m (19,357 ft)
- Rate of climb: 8.9 m/s (1,750 ft/min)