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Hungary Defense Orders 20 Airbus H145Ms

By R&WI Staff | June 29, 2018
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H145M. Photo courtesy of Airbus Helicopters

The Hungarian Ministry of Defense has ordered 20 Airbus Helicopters H145M military helicopters equipped with HForce weapon management. The helicopters will be ordered in the frame of the military modernization program Zrinyi 2026. With the helicopters, Airbus will also provide an extensive training and support package.

With a maximum takeoff weight of 3.7 tons, the H145M can be used for a wide range of tasks, including troop transport, utility, surveillance, air rescue, armed reconnaissance and medical evacuation. The Hungarian fleet will be equipped with a fast-roping system, high-performance camera, fire-support equipment, ballistic protection and an electronic countermeasures system to support the most demanding operational requirements. The HForce system will allow Hungary to equip and operate its aircraft with a large set of ballistic or guided air-to-ground and air-to-air weapons.

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The H145M is a light twin-engine helicopter that was first delivered in 2015 to the German Armed Forces and has since been ordered by Thailand and the Republic of Serbia. The program’s maturity allows Airbus Helicopters to execute orders on cost and on schedule. Mission readiness of the H145Ms already in service is above 95%.

Powered by two Safran Arriel 2E engines, the H145M is equipped with full authority digital engine control and the Helionix digital avionics suite. It includes a high-performance four-axis autopilot, increasing safety and reducing pilot workload. Its particularly low acoustic footprint makes the H145M the quietest helicopter in its class.

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