DONAUWÖRTH, Germany (BulgarianMilitary.com), 31 July 2018, Editor: Galina Zdravkova, Photo credit: Airbus
Airbus announced on 27th July 2018 that the Grand-Duchy of Luxembourg has placed an order for two H145M multirole helicopters for defence and security missions. Training and support from the company will be also provided under the same order, learned BulgarianMilitary.com
The H145Ms will be delivered before the end of next year and will be operated and serviced at Luxembourg Findel Airport from early 2020 on.
The equipment of the helicopters will involve a hoist, a fast roping system, a search light, a high-performance camera, and advanced communication systems. A light armour protection kit could be additionally installed, if needed. The design includes the latest technologies, which allows the helicopter to be operated even in unfavourable weather conditions and at night.
The light twin-engine H145M is powered by two Safran Arriel 2E engines and is equipped with full authority digital engine control (FADEC) and the Helionix digital avionics suite. It also features a high-performance 4-axis autopilot, increasing safety and reducing pilot workload. The maximum take-off weight the H145M, which is the quietest helicopter in its class, is 3.7 tonnes
The ordered H145Ms may be used in various situations, including surveillance and reconnaissance, troop and passenger transport, air rescue, and medical evacuation.
The first H145M helicopter was delivered in 2015 to the German Armed Forces and since then H145Ms have been ordered by Thailand, Hungary, and the Republic of Serbia. The mission readiness of the helicopters, which are in service as of the moment, is above 95 per cent.
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