Airbus Helicopters showcased its Emergency Medical Services (EMS) capabilities at HeliRussia 2016. The airframer displayed a H135 in EMS configuration and a H160 mock-up at its booth this year.
“Airbus Helicopters, as a leader with over 50% of the market share in the EMS segment, is ready to contribute to the development of the emerging market of emergency medical services in Russia,” said Emeric Lhomme, CEO of Airbus Helicopters Vostok.
He added, “The H135 fully corresponds to the needs of the rising EMS market in Russia. Airbus Helicopters is ready not only to invest in the development of this segment through the assembly partnership with UWCA, but also to share the experience and technological know-how with our Russian colleagues and partners."
The H135 on display at HeliRussia this year belonged to Austria's ÖAMTC (Österreichischer Automobil-, Motorrad- und Touring Club. The aircraft can accommodate two pilots and was configured to carry two medical workers and one passenger on a stretcher and all the medical equipment necessary to providing intensive patient care during the flight.
Earlier in February, Airbus Helicopters and Ural Works of Civil Aviation (UWCA) concluded an agreement for the licensed assembly of H135 helicopters at the Russian manufacturer's facility in Yekaterinburg. In excess of 500 H135s are flying in the EMS and medical evacuation segment.