Airbus delivers first military multi-role helicopters to Bundeswehr
The helicopters will be used by the Kommando Spezialkräfte (KSK), the German Army’s Special Forces, in Laupheim. The Bundeswehr, which is the launch customer for the H145M, has ordered 15 of these helicopters.
The H145M is the military version of the civil H145 that entered service in summer 2014 and recently reached the milestone of 10,000 flying hours in customer operations.
With a maximum take-off weight of 3.7 tons, the H145M can be used for a wide range of military operations including utility, reconnaissance, search and rescue, armed scout, and medical evacuation.
The Bundeswehr H145M (LUH SOF) is equipped with a fast roping system for troops, cargo hooks, hoists, a pintle-mounted door gun, ballistic protection and an electronic countermeasures system, which offers new capabilities for KSK special operations.
The aircraft has also been designed for day and night missions as well as for those carried out in harsh weather conditions and difficult terrain.
Its mission equipment range also includes a helmet mounted sight and display as well as a self-sealing supply tank.
Powered by two Turbomeca Arriel 2E engines, the H145M is equipped with full authority digital engine control (FADEC). Its low acoustic footprint makes the H145 the quietest helicopter in its class.
Earlier this year, the Bundeswehr awarded Airbus Helicopters a seven-year comprehensive co-operative support and services agreement. ■