NEXT-G HELICOPTER TRAVEL
|Source: Airbus Website|
Helicopter Travel's Future: The H145 Flying Computer
This is one of the world's most advanced military helicopters and it's still being developed to include more next-G technology. The Airbus H145 is a multi-role helicopter that essentially functions as a flying computer. Designed for the military, it's being developed and outfitted as a flying command post. Airbus says it can be used for armed reconnaissance, weapons fire support, evacuation of the wounded and to rescue hostages.
Airbus is focused on expanding the vehicle's C5 capabilities, including command, control, communications, computers and collaboration/intelligence. The H145 is a look at the future of military helicopter travel in battle zones.
Brand New, Innovative Technologies
The Airbus helicopter is a light, twin engine vehicle. It can maneuver at low level altitudes where fixed wing aircraft and UAVs cannot. And simultaneously it can collect and collate data for distribution to troops on the battlefield. Airbus is working to equip the H145 with jam-resistant Link 16 Variable Message Format (VMF) and with a Battle Management System for greatly enhanced and secure network connectivity.
Beyond Military Uses
Beyond the military applications, the H145 can be configured for emergency medical services. In fact, two H145's are operational in New Zealand as part of EMS configurations. Airbus says it can be reconfigured for law enforcement, offshore operations and for passenger transport, including private and business operations. Next-G, highly advanced helicopters like the H145 are another key component of the future of travel - both civilian and military.
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