1. Airbus H225 Super Puma, 2. AgustaWestland AW101, 3. Sikorsky S-92, 4. Airbus AS332 L1e VIP Super Puma, 5. Bell 525 Relentless, 6. Sikorsky S-76C, 7. AgustaWestland AW139, 8. Airbus Helicopters H155, 9. Eurocopter EC175 (Airbus Helicopters H175), 10. AgustaWestland AW109. Most of you are familiar with helicopters, but some of them are specially designed with high-quality materials, advanced technology, and durability for various tasks and missions such as rescue, military, and transportation. The following is a list of the top ten most expensive helicopters in the world.
- Airbus H225 Super Puma
- AgustaWestland AW101
- Sikorsky S-92
- Airbus AS332 L1e VIP Super Puma
- Bell 525 Relentless
- Sikorsky S-76C
- AgustaWestland AW139
- Airbus Helicopters H155
- Eurocopter EC175 (Airbus Helicopters H175)
- AgustaWestland AW109
Airbus H225 Super Puma
The Airbus Helicopters H225 (previously Eurocopter EC225 Super Puma) is a long-range passenger transport helicopter developed by Eurocopter as the next generation of the civilian Super Puma family. It is a twin-engined aircraft that can carry up to 24 passengers, two crew members, and a cabin attendant. The helicopter is marketed for use in offshore support, VIP passenger transport, and public service missions. Airbus H225 Super Puma is one of the most expensive helicopters at $27 million.
The helicopter is powered by two Turbomeca Makila 2A1 turboshaft engines mounted above the cabin; these engines have 14% more engine power and a redundant dual-channel full authority digital engine control (FADEC) system for high reliability; a backup system is present in the event that both FADEC systems fail. The FADEC system ensures that engine power is always kept within the gearbox’s limits. Many of the mechanical components, particularly the engines, were designed to be modular to facilitate maintenance, and composite materials were used to reduce the aircraft’s weight wherever possible.
Price: $27 million
The AgustaWestland AW101 is a medium-lift helicopter used in both military and civil applications. It was developed by a joint venture between Westland Helicopters in the United Kingdom and Agusta in Italy in response to national requirements for a modern naval utility helicopter and first flew in 1987. Several operators, including the armed forces of the United Kingdom, Denmark, and Portugal, call their AW101 aircraft Merlin. It is made in factories in Yeovil, England, and Vergiate, Italy, with licensed assembly work also done in Japan and the United States.
Prior to 2007, the aircraft was sold under the registration EH101. The original designation was EHI 01, after the Anglo-Italian joint venture’s name – European Helicopter Industries – but a transcription error changed this to EH101. Westland Helicopters and Agusta merged to form AgustaWestland in 2000, giving rise to the type’s current designation.
The AW101 was introduced in 1999 and has since replaced several older helicopter types, including the Sikorsky Sea King, in roles such as medium-sized transport, anti-submarine warfare, search and rescue, and ship-based utility operations. For air-sea rescue, the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) uses the CH-149 Cormorant variant. Another variant, the Lockheed Martin VH-71 Kestrel, was built for the US presidential transport fleet before the program was canceled and the planes were sold. The AW101 is used by civil operators to transport passengers and VIPs. The type has been used in active combat zones, such as in support of coalition forces during the Iraq and Afghanistan wars.
Price: $21 Million
The third one of the most expensive helicopters in the world that Toplist would like to introduce to you is the Sikorsky S-92. The Sikorsky S-92 is a twin-engine medium-lift helicopter manufactured by Sikorsky Aircraft for the civil and military markets. The Sikorsky S-92 helicopter was derived from the Sikorsky S-70 and shares components such as flight control and rotor systems. It is among the most expensive helicopters at $17.7 million.
The H-92 Superhawk is a military utility transport version of the S-92 that can carry 22 troops. The H-92 can also be customized for specific missions such as search and rescue and executive transport. The CH-148 Cyclone is a shipboard maritime helicopter variant designed for the Royal Canadian Air Force to support Royal Canadian Navy naval operations. The Sikorsky VH-92 is a variant in development to replace the Marine One U.S. Presidential transport fleet of the United States Marine Corps.
Airbus AS332 L1e VIP Super Puma
The Airbus Helicopters H215 (formerly Eurocopter AS332 Super Puma), which is among the most expensive helicopters, is a four-bladed, twin-engine medium-size utility helicopter developed and marketed by Aérospatiale, Eurocopter, and now Airbus Helicopters. It is a reengineered and larger version of the original Aérospatiale SA 330 Puma. The Super Puma, which first flew in 1978, replaced the SA 330 Puma as the type’s main production model in 1980. Since 1990, Super Pumas in military service have been marketed as AS532 Cougars. In civilian service, the Eurocopter EC225 Super Puma, a larger version of the AS 332, was introduced in 2004.
A navalized variant of the Super Puma has also been produced for anti-submarine and anti-surface warfare missions. The Super Puma is outfitted with additional corrosion protection, a folding tail rotor boom, a deck-landing guidance system, sonar equipment, and the nose-mounted Omera search radar in this configuration. It can be armed with two Exocet anti-ship missiles for anti-surface warfare.
Price: $15.5 million
Bell 525 Relentless
The Bell 525 Relentless is a medium-lift helicopter developed by Bell Textron. The Bell 525 was unveiled in February 2012 at the 2012 Heli-Expo in Dallas, Texas. The helicopter took to the skies for the first time on July 1, 2015. It can accommodate up to 19 passengers. Bell 525 Relentless is among the most expensive helicopters at $15 million.
The Bell 525’s first flight was scheduled for late 2014. The Bell 525 prototype first flew in July 2015, after a six-month delay. Bell predicted that certification would be completed by the end of 2017. In May 2016, the FAA proposed special rules to address the fly-by-wire concept.
The Bell 525 is intended to fit the emerging “Super-Medium” size category, which is ideal for supporting offshore oil and gas operations. That industry accounts for half of all customers. The Airbus Helicopters H175 and the AgustaWestland AW189 are both in development in the same class. The 525 will be certified at maximum gross weight in Category A Takeoff class. This entails continuing a takeoff (or landing) after one of the helicopter’s two turbine engines fails at any point.
Bell 525 Relentless should be able to carry 19 passengers, which is more than any other super-medium helicopter currently on the market. It is intended for two pilots and 16 passengers in the standard configuration, and two pilots and 20 passengers in the high-density seating configuration.
Price: $15 million
Sikorsky Aircraft, a subsidiary of Sikorsky Aircraft, manufactures the Sikorsky S-76, a multi-role, medium-size utility helicopter. It was primarily designed and developed for the Canadian company CHC Helicopter Corporation. The S-76 made its first flight on March 13, 1977. Over 800 S-76 helicopters have been delivered to various operators around the world.
The S-76 performs executive passenger transport (VIP), emergency medical services (EMS), search-and-rescue (SAR), and offshore passenger and material transportation. The S-76 can carry 14 passengers, including two pilots. Its landing gear is retractable.
In January 2006, Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation received Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) certification for its S-76C++, a variant of the S-76. The FAA issued the Type Certificate for the S-76D helicopter, the newest variant of the S-76, in October 2012. In the fourth quarter of 2013, the first S-76D helicopter was delivered. The Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) issued a validation type certificate for the S-76D helicopter in April 2014.
Price: $13 Million
AgustaWestland’s AW139 is a medium-sized twin-engined helicopter that was developed and manufactured by the company (now part of Leonardo). It is marketed for a variety of roles, including VIP/corporate transportation, offshore transportation, firefighting, law enforcement, search and rescue, emergency medical service, disaster relief, and maritime patrol. In addition to AgustaWestland’s manufacturing facilities in Italy and the United States, HeliVert, a joint venture between AgustaWestland and Russian Helicopters, manufactures the AW139 in Russia.
In its class, the AgustaWestland AW139 has the best speed, ride quality, quietness, and passenger cabin space. For added comfort, active noise-cancelling headphones are provided. There are three seating configurations available: 7 seats (with VIP armchair seating), 12 seats, and 15 seats for larger groups. An additional 3.4 m3 (120 ft3) baggage space is accessible from the helicopter’s exterior.
The helicopters can take you to the most confined and remote areas of North America, with a landing radius of only 100 feet. Performance in all environments, conditions and loads is ensured by certified Category “A” (Class 1) performance.
Price: $12 Million
Airbus Helicopters H155
The H155 is a member of the prestigious Dauphin family and benefits from Airbus’ advanced rotor technology, which provides the lowest vibration and sound signature in its class. The Spheriflex® main rotor head on this helicopter provides a smooth ride, even at high speeds, as well as excellent handling and in-flight stability.
The H155 has a low sound signature and requires little maintenance thanks to its shrouded Fenestron® tail rotor. The shrouded rotor concept adds yaw control while increasing safety during ground operations, particularly in confined spaces.
The H155 has two Safran Arriel 2C2 turbine engines with dual channel full authority digital engine controls (FADEC) for fully automated one engine inoperative (OEI) safety. The H155 has a long flight range and the fastest cruising speed in its class due to its significant power.
The H155’s airframe components are made of highly resistant, corrosion-proof composite materials and light alloys, ensuring durability and mission capability. The H155 has a full-glass cockpit with large liquid crystal display (LCD) screens that reduce pilot workload, improve safety, and make maintenance easier. In the center console, two Garmin GTN 750 touchscreens are installed to improve situational awareness and connectivity.
Price: $10 Million
Eurocopter EC175 (Airbus Helicopters H175)
The Airbus Helicopters H175 is a medium utility helicopter in the 7-ton class manufactured by Airbus Helicopters (formerly Eurocopter Group). In China, the H175 is known as the Avicopter AC352 by the Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC). Originally known as the Eurocopter EC175 and the Harbin Z-15, it is classified as a super-medium’ helicopter.
Airbus Helicopters predicted that 800 to 1,000 EC175s would be sold over a 20-year period when it was officially launched at Heli-Expo in Houston on February 24, 2008. It first flew in December 2014, and in 2015, the EC175 was formally renamed the H175, in keeping with Eurocopter’s corporate rebranding as Airbus Helicopters.
The H175 is designed for civilian and parapublic use, with primary markets in the oil and gas industry and search and rescue missions. Parapublic operations, homeland security, air medical services, utility missions, and corporate transportation are also relevant roles. The interior seating configurations of the EC175 include up to 18 passengers in an oil and gas transport configuration, 9-12 passengers in an executive layout, and 6-8 passengers in a VIP configuration. It has wide sliding doors for convenience and oversized jettisonable windows for emergency egress. The H175 has a flat floor with no partition between the cockpit and the cabin area, allowing for a variety of flexible layouts. Auxiliary fuel tanks or a storage area can be installed beneath the cabin floor and accessed internally; in some configurations, a large luggage compartment accessible from either side is present.
Price: $7.9 Million
The AgustaWestland AW109, formerly known as the Agusta A109, is a lightweight, twin-engine, eight-seat multi-purpose helicopter manufactured by the Italian company Leonardo S.p.A. (formerly AgustaWestland, merged into the new Finmeccanica since 2016). It was the first mass-produced all-Italian helicopter.
It was developed by Agusta as the A109 and first entered service in 1976, serving in a variety of roles such as light transport, medevac, search-and-rescue, and military roles. For the past 40 years, the AW109 has been in continuous production. The AgustaWestland AW119 is a variant of the AW109 series, with the main difference being that it only has one engine.
The AW109 Power features a three-axis autopilot, an auto-coupled Instrument Landing System, integrated GPS, a Moving Map Display, weather radar, and a Traffic Alerting System, according to AgustaWestland. These systems are intended to reduce pilot workload (the AW109 can be flown under single or dual-pilot instrument flight rules (IFR)) and allow the use of night vision goggles (NVG) for day and night operations. The AW109 has a forced trim system that the controlling pilot can easily and selectively activate by using triggers located on the cyclic and collective, which hold the control inputs at the last set position if activated. The hydraulic system, hydraulic actuators, and electrical system are all dual-redundant, while the power inverters are triple-redundant for fail-safe operation. The AW109 also has lower maintenance requirements as a result of an emphasis on reliability across the entire range of components used.
Price: $6.3 Million