Eurocopter EC145 Helicopter Review, Top Speed, Unit Cost, Manufacturer – The Eurocopter EC145 was launched in 2002 and has been successfully introduced into several military and civilian markets.
Eurocopter EC145 Helicopter Review, Top Speed, Unit Cost, Manufacturer
|Type||Airbus Helicopters H145 (EC145)|
|Unit Cost||$ 8.7 million|
|Year of development||2002|
|Development Status||Active, in-service|
|Engine||Four Alliance GP7270 or Rolls-Royce Trent 970/B turbodiesels, each with output from 72,000 lb to 84,000 lb|
|Top Speed||167 mph (268 km/h)|
MilitaryEzyInfo.com – The Eurocopter EC145 is a small and medium transport helicopter from Airbus Helicopters (formerly Eurocopter/Eurocopter Group).
The first flight of the prototype was recorded on June 12, 1999, and it was introduced in 2002.
The EC145 is based on MBB/Kawasaki’s BK117, which debuted in 1982, and is similar in appearance and overall configuration.
The EC145 has a unique configuration suitable for transport helicopter operations. Its main feature is a raised rear axle, which allows for a clamshell double-door system at the rear of the fuselage.
This allows for unobstructed access to the passenger compartment, which is useful for medical transportation. It also features sliding side doors for the cockpit and conventional car-style doors for the two front occupants.
Visibility in the cab is good due to the large cab windows. The landing gear is a simple sliding type and can be landed on almost any surface.
The main rotor is located above the engine compartment, as usual, and is mounted above the passenger compartment. The tail rotor consists of a two-bladed unit mounted above the main vertical tail fin. Two rubber fins are also used.
Equipped with a fully digital cockpit and advanced avionics, the EC145 can be marketed in a variety of sectors, including maritime transportation, VIP passenger transport, and emergency medical services. The passenger cabin can accommodate up to nine people, paramedics, and appropriate equipment and personnel.
It is powered by two Turbomeca Arriel 1E2 turboshaft engines (738 hp each). It has a maximum speed of 167 mph and a cruising speed of about 150 mph.
It had a range of 530 miles, a service altitude of 17,200 feet, and a climb rate of 1,600 feet per minute.
The EC145 represents the basic transport model, powered by a Turbomeca Arriel 1E2 turboshaft engine with a two-bladed open-tail rotor.
The EC145 T2 is an upgraded version of the original EC145, now offered, but with new engines, avionics, and a tail rotor unit on the elytron canopy.
The first flight forms were submitted to the German paramedics at the end of July 2014; the EC645 T2 is the military version of the EC145 T2.
The EC145 also produces the US Army series Lakota UH-72A, details of which can be found on this site.
Brazil, France, Germany, Ukraine, the United Kingdom, and the United States are now operators of the EC145. Thirty-four countries are using this type for both civilian and military purposes.
Israel’s Elbit Systems has ordered a pair of modified H145s (and four H125s) for the Israel Police, with commissioning to take place in 2016.