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Airbus Helicopters’ HForce weapon system has reached another milestone. In September, an H145M took its first flight with HForce. Now, an HForce-equipped H145M has completed a ballistic development test.
The test occurred on Pápa Airbase in Hungary, with a test system that included guns (FN Herstal HMP400), unguided rockets (Thales FZ231) and cannons (Nexter NC621) as well as an electro-optical targeting system by Wescam (MX15) and a helmet mounted sight display by Thales (Scorpion). According to Airbus, all planned and required tests were performed in a tight and demanding time schedule.
“This is an important milestone toward the qualification of HForce on the H145M, which is planned for end 2018”, said Axel Humpert, head of the H145 program. “The positive results of this first ballistic development test are the outcome of a very good and professional cooperation between all parties involved, especially with the Hungarian Ministry of Defence.”
Before HForce is qualified on the H145M, it must undergo development testing for laser-guided rockets in Sweden before the end of the year. It would also have to complete additional live-firing trials mid-2018. Airbus said the core HForce system is on track to be qualified by the end of the year.
HForce is a “plug-and-play” solution that can be fitted onto Airbus Helicopter military platforms, like the H125M, the H145M and the H225M. It is designed to meet the requirements for light attack mission capabilities.