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DSEI 2021: Airbus pitches H175M UK production for RAF’s New Medium Helicopter acquisition

10th September 2021 - 18:44 GMT | by Tim Martin in London

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A H175 helicopter undergoes production. (Photo: Airbus)

As competition intensifies across industry to fight it out for the RAF's New Medium Helicopter acquisition, Airbus has announced a compelling production plan.

Dependent on New Medium Helicopter (NMH) programme requirements, still to be published by the UK MoD, Airbus intends on offering and producing the H175M super-medium class helicopter from its Broughton, Wales, facility.

The move would effectively make the manufacturer a second onshore helicopter supplier alongside Leonardo and represents a strong business case for Airbus, bidding to secure the NMH contract ahead of the AW149, the S-70i Black Hawk and Bell’s 525 Relentless.

‘In the validation process that we have been running, which includes [assessing] the best industrial location for production, we selected Broughton because of the benefits it gives

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