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Airbus Helicopters launch new X6 heavy lift helicopter program

Airbus Helicopters announced a new heavy-lift rotorcraft program designated the X6, at the Paris Air Show.

The concept phase start-up for the new European helicopter, initiated a two-year definition period on this next-generatio…


Airbus Helicopters announced a new heavy-lift rotorcraft program designated the X6, at the Paris Air Show.

The concept phase start-up for the new European helicopter, initiated a two-year definition period on this next-generation heavy-lift rotorcraft that will be tailored for the civil market.

The X6 will initially target oil and gas missions and will also be perfectly suited for Search and Rescue, VIP and other applications.

The X6 will share commonality features with the company’s latest rotorcraft – including the new H175 and H160. As one of the key-programs for the coming decades, the X6 also will maintain Airbus Helicopters' leadership in the oil and gas sector.

Once adequate program maturity has been achieved in the concept phase, a subsequent development phase will follow, leading to an X6 entry into service anticipated in the 2020s.

In defining and developing the X6, Airbus Helicopters will build on its reputation as a recognized leader in the industry, resulting in a next-generation, twin-engine rotorcraft that is mature and all-weather ready – including full de-icing - from the first delivery. One of the major innovations to be integrated on X6 is the Fly-by-Wire flight control system.

French turboshaft engine maker, Turbomeca is developing a 3000 shp range engine for the 10 ton plus class heavy lift helicopter market through the TECH3000 demonstrator program.