Airbus Helicopters is showcasing its latest civil helicopter, the H160, at the Dubai Airshow slated on November 8-12, 2015. The H160 is a new medium-twin helicopter designed to perform a variety of duties like public-service missions, emergency medical services and offshore platforms as well as private business and aviation.
Commercialization of the H160 will commence next year. Airbus Helicopters launched an in-house style competition for the design of the next chopper, with an aim to get inspiration externally while creating a new benchmark in helicopter style.
This competition was won by designers at PEUGEOT Design Lab who then commenced work on the new helicopter, then known as the X4. The initial plans for the X4 were then adapted, developed and fine-tuned by Airbus Helicopters’ own design team.
Following a period of assembly, Airbus Helicopters then presented the H160 at the Dubai Airshow. According to Guillaume Chielens, Head of Style and Design at Airbus Helicopters, the company used the initial design submitted by PEUGEOT Design Lab to give the H160 a strong personality, reflecting its performance, innovation and emotion.
He remarked that the design by PEUGEOT Design Lab design immediately grabbed the attention of both operators and the general public. Cheilens noted that style was a key priority in the project – one that would strongly indicate the H160’s personality and performance.
This new helicopter is defined by sleek dynamic lines and futuristic contours, representing a leap from the previous generation chopper, the Dauphin.
These sleek lines also convey the H160’s efficiency and quietness in the air, something that was accomplished by implementing a number of innovations like an airframe made from composite materials, a canted tail rotor, a biplane stabilizer and Blue Edge blades.
Styling of the H160 is further enhanced by tapered windows. Cathal Loughnane, Head of the PEUGEOT global brand design studio, remarked that with the design work on the H160, PEUGEOT Design Lab managed to show its ability to work on complex technological projects.
Set up three years ago, PEUGEOT Design Lab has been the choice for a number of major companies like Alstom, Bombardier, Dassault Aviation, Leclerc, Quechua and SEB. It is also involved in the design of the PEUGEOT food truck, Le Bistro du Lion.
Starting as a coffee mill company in 1810, Peugeot has been in the auto-making business since 1890. Peugeot has since manufactured more than 65 million vehicles. Currently, Peugeot operates in 160 countries through 10,000 franchised dealers.