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Airbus Helicopters has delivered the fifth and final H135 the German Armed Forces will use to train pilots in Bückeburg. The German Federal Office for Bundeswehr Equipment, Information Technology and In-Service Support is leasing the helicopters for initial and recurrent pilot training.
The five H135s join 14 others from the H135 family of aircraft already in service with the German military. The Bundeswehr has put more than 100,000 flight hours on its training fleet since adopting the H135 in 2000.
The lightweight twin-engine H135 is used by military forces worldwide to train personnel. The armed forces of Great Britain, Switzerland, Portugal and Australia operate training fleets of the aircraft. In total, more than 1,300 helicopters from the H135 family have been delivered to customers worldwide, clocking more than 4.5 million flight hours.
In addition to training, the H135 performs a wide range of missions including emergency medical services, law enforcement, corporate transport and maintenance of offshore wind farms.