Hungary Orders 20 Airbus H145Ms

 - June 29, 2018, 8:39 AM
Hungary has placed the first substantial order for the Airbus HForce system, to go on H145Ms (A.Pecchi via Airbus Helicopters)

The Hungarian Ministry of Defence has ordered 20 Airbus H145M military helicopters equipped with the HForce weapons-management system. Together with the helicopters, Airbus will provide an extensive training and support package. 

The HForce system, developed by Airbus Helicopters, 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. The Hungarian fleet also will be equipped with a fast-roping system, high-performance camera, fire-support equipment, ballistic protection as well as an electronic countermeasures system. The 3.7-ton mtow H145M can be used for a range of military tasks, including troop transport, utility, surveillance, air rescue, armed reconnaissance, and medical evacuation.

The twin-engine H145M was first delivered in 2015 to the German Armed Forces and has since been ordered by Thailand and the Republic of Serbia. Helicopters in service have a dispatch rate of greater than 95 percent, according to Airbus. The H145M is powered by two Safran Arriel 2E engines and equipped with full authority digital engine control and the Helionix digital avionics suite that includes a four-axis autopilot.