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The French Air Force is set to receive an additional H225M long-range tactical transport military helicopter from Airbus. The aircraft will be deployed in support of special forces and search and rescue missions.

Airbus will deliver the H225M in a configuration that enables interoperability with the airforce’s existing fleet. The twin-engine aircraft will be able to offer an inflight refuelling capability.

The H225M has the ability to operate both from ships and land in all weather conditions.

With an operational range of 700km, the helicopter can be used in a range of missions, including tactical transport and casualty / medical evacuation.

According to Airbus, the H225M features versatility and long range and can take off in less than five minutes.

The company has to date obtained more than 180 orders for the H225M and delivered 97.

Countries operating the military aircraft include France, Brazil, Mexico, Malaysia, Indonesia, and Thailand. In January, the Indonesian Air Force placed a follow-on order for the acquisition of an additional eight aircraft. Other countries that have placed orders include Kuwait, Singapore, and Hungary, according to airforce-technology.