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Airbus Helicopters EC135
D-HRPB Eurocopter EC135 P2+ c/n 0318 - POLIZEI - Flugplatz Koblenz-Winningen in Germany - 12 May 2022 EC135 T2 Bundespolizei

The Airbus Helicopters EC135 / H135 is a lightweight five/seven seat twin-turbine-engine multi-role helicopter with a radius of 720 km. The EC135 is offered with either Safran Helicopter Engines (former: Turbomeca) Arrius 2B2 or Pratt & Whitney PW206B2 engines. Development of the Eurocopter EC135 started in the 80s as the MBB Bo.108 Advanced Technology Helicopter. The prototype BO108 with conventional tail rotor flew first on 15 October 1988. When the helicopter divisions of MBB from Germany and Aérospatiale from France merged in January 1992 to form the Eurocopter Group, the Bo108 program was transferred as well. An advanced low noise ducted 10-blade Fenestron tail rotor was, next to other modifications, incorporated into the design and the name of the helicopter was changed into Eurocopter EC135. The prototype of the EC135 (D-HBOX s/n S-01) flew first on 15 February 1994 and went in series production in 1996 at Donauwörth. On 14 June 1996, the German certification was granted by the LBA and the first customer delivery followed on 31 July that year. Next to the EC135 a special military version was developed designated the Eurocopter EC635. The EC635 has a structural reinforcement of cabin structure and can be equipped with wire-guided, laser-guided, autonomous missiles. Over 1400 EC135 / H135 / H135M airframes have been delivered since the helicopter entered service in 1996. In March 2015, Airbus Helicopters renamed its entire product line to better reflect its closer allignment with ist parent company and simplify the naming convention for the portfolio. Therefore, the EC135 T3/P3 were renamed as “H135” as stated in revison No.EASA.R.009 Issue: 07 of the Type Certificate Data Sheet for EC135 dated 18 March 2015. “H135M” is used as marketing designation for the military EC635 P3(CPDS); EC635 P3H; EC635 T3(CPDS) and EC635 T3H helicopters.
The ICAO Aircraft Type Designator for the EC135 / H135 helicopter is EC35.

As a result of the merger between the Eurocopter parents Aérospatiale-Matra; DaimlerChrysler Aerospace (DASA) and Construcciones Aeronàuticas Sociedad Anonima (CASA) in July 2000, the Eurocopter group became a division of the new formed EADS (European Aeronautic Defence and Space company). Taking off into 2014, EADS was rebranded as "Airbus Group". Uniting all its activities under a single brand, its helicopter division Eurocopter was rebranded as Airbus Helicopters on 8 January 2014.

In 2004, Eurocopter EC135 P2 s/n 0318 was permitted to fly with the Eurocopter Deutschland test registration D-HECO. In May 2004, the helicopter was registered D-HRPB with Land Rheinland-Pfalz v. durch das Ministerium des Innern & fur Sport des Landes Rheinland-Pfalz as owner. The same month, the aircraft was delivered to Polizei Rheinland-Pfalz at Koblenz-Winningen airfield. In 2012, the 2004-built EC135 P2 was modified to the EC135 P2+ standard. Polizei Rheinland-Pfalz uses callsign 'Sperber 2' for the helicopter.
On 12 May 2022, EC135 P2+ D-HRPB was seen in service with Polizei Rheinland-Pfalz at Flugplatz Koblenz-Winningen (EDRK).

page last updated: 20-05-2022
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