Airbus Defence and Space has successfully completed an air-to-air refuelling demonstration between a C295W tactical airlifter and a H225M Caracal helicopter.
The demo follows a recent successful demonstration between two C295W medium transport aircraft.
During the air-to-air refuelling mission, a C295W and a H225M made contacts at speeds of 105-115 knot.
According to the company, both crews reported smooth and simple operation.
The Airbus Defence and Space C295 has the ability to carry up to nine tonnes of payload or up to 71 personnel, at a maximum cruise speed of 260 knot.
The winglets of C295W allow the aircraft to transport more payload over larger distances in the hot and high conditions, resulting in fuel savings of around 4% and increased safety margins in mountainous regions, Airbus said in a statement.
Powered by two Pratt & Whitney Canada PW127G turboprop engines, the C295 has an endurance of up to 11 hours in the air.
The 12.7m-long aircraft is also fitted with a retractable landing gear and a pressurised cabin.
The H225M belongs to Airbus Helicopters’ military Super Puma / Cougar family.
This 11-metric-ton helicopter can be operated both from ships and from land, even in icing conditions.
The H225M’s five-blade rotor is claimed to provide a low vibration level, and the modular design of rotor mechanical assemblies allows for easier maintenance.
Image: During the air-to-air refuelling mission, a C295W and a H225M made contacts at speeds of 105-115 knot. Photo: © Airbus DS.