Helibras, a Brazilian subsidiary of Airbus Helicopters, participated in the event to commemorate the 103rd anniversary of Naval Aviation, in São Pedro da Aldeia (RJ).
At that time, the manufacturer exhibited the lightweight twin-engine H135 helicopter that will be delivered to the Brazilian Navy later this year. The plane is part of a contract to supply three H135s that will be dedicated to a wide range of missions, including special operations, troop and cargo transportation, naval inspection, search and air rescue.
The H135 will be operated by the 1st Squadron of General Purpose Helicopters (HU-1) and will be based at the Naval Air Base of São Pedro da Aldeia (BAeNSPA). The helicopter will be designated for the Antarctic Operation scheduled for 2020.
Helibras is the only Brazilian manufacturer of helicopters, a subsidiary of Airbus, a world leader in aerospace and defense services. In its 41 years of activities, Helibras has delivered around 800 helicopters in the country. It is the leader of the Brazilian market with a 50% stake in the turbine helicopter fleet and has facilities in Minas Gerais, Sao Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, Atibaia and Brasilia. Its factory, which employs about 500 professionals, produces the H125 – Squirrel and H225 / H225M aircraft, and performs the modernization of the aircraft. The company also customizes several models that serve the civil and military segments. In 2018, Helibras recorded total revenues of R $ 567 million.