Monaco Yacht Show – Airbus Helicopters is to provide the on-board helicopter for the REV Ocean research and expedition vessel – the world’s largest superyacht.
The research expedition vessel, which is 600ft (183m) long, is the flagship of Norwegian businessman and philanthropist Kjell Inge Røkke’s not-for-profit oceanic research foundation, REV Ocean.
It will carry one of the first examples of the new Airbus ACH145, with five-blade rotor and increased maximum take-off weight.
The yacht, designed by Espen Oeino, has arrived in Norway from the VARD Tulcea shipyard in Romania and will accept the helicopter on board when the aircraft is delivered in 2021.
The helicopter, which can operate from either of two helidecks on the yacht, plays a key role in passenger transport and re-supply as well as its primary scientific mission.
Launched in 2019 and due for certification early in 2020, the new Airbus ACH145 has a bearingless five-blade rotor replacing the existing hingeless four-blade rotor, and provides 150kg additional useful load-carrying capability.