(DONAUWÖRTH, Germany (BulgarianMilitary.com), July 3, 2018, Author: Bm Team, Photo credit: Airbus / The photo shows a H145M equipped with HForce weapon system.)
The global leader in aeronautics, space and related services Airbus announced on Friday last week, 29th June 2018, that Hungary will acquire 20 H145M military helicopters through an order of the Hungarian Ministry of Defence under the military programme for modernization “Zrinyi 2026”. The helicopters will feature the advanced HForce weapon system, designed by Airbus Helicopters, learned BulgarianMilitary.com
Provision of training and support is also included in the mentioned above order.
Tom Enders, CEO of Airbus, commented, “We are honoured to be of service – once more – to the Hungarian Ministry of Defence whom we today welcome as a new customer for our H145M helicopters. With this new order, we are fostering our excellent and trustful relationship with the Hungarian Armed Forces after their acquisition of two A319 military troop transporters last year. Team Airbus is grateful for the continued trust and confidence that the Hungarian government has placed in our products.”
The maximum take-off weight of the H145M aircraft is 3.7t. They have been developed and are appropriate for various tasks like transportation of troops, surveillance, armed reconnaissance, air rescue, and evacuation in medical missions.
The H145M helicopters of the fleet of Hungary will have a fast roping system, fire support equipment, a high performance camera, ballistic protection and an electronic countermeasure system for support even in the most difficult operational situations. A large set of ballistic or guided air-to-ground and air-to-air weapons are interoperable with the HForce weapon management system.
The tried-and-tested light twin-engine H145M helicopter was delivered for the first time to the German Armed Forces (Bundeswehr) in 2015. Since then such helicopters have been purchased by the Republic of Serbia and Thailand, and the mission readiness of the H145M aircraft, which are in service at the moment, is reported to be above 95 per cent.
The H145M, which is the quietest representative in its class, features two Safran Arriel 2E engines. Its safety is increased and the workload of the pilots is decreased through the Helionix digital avionics set that involves a high-performance 4-axis autopilot.