Airbus Helicopters announced today that it will deliver 15 H145M multi-role twin engine military rotorcraft to German Air Force by year end after the rotorcraft was certified by European EASA (European Aviation Safety Agency) for the military type approval.
The delivery to Royal Thai Navy, the second H145M customer will begin in 2016.
“The H145M can perform military operations that include transportation, reconnaissance, search and rescue, fire support and evacuations of wounded personnel. By using a civil certification for the H145M, we pursued a low-risk and low-cost approach for our customers, avoiding a costly and duplicative military qualification. This process also benefitted from the H145’s own civil certification last year, ensuring that the latest standards for safety and airworthiness are met”, said Manfred Merk, H145 Program Director.
The H145M is based on Airbus Helicopters’ enhanced H145 civilian and para-public rotorcraft (previously designated the EC145 T2). It has an increased maximum take-off weight of 3.7 metric tons, and can be equipped with mission equipment that includes a pintle-mounted door gun and the ability to carry weapons on external pylons; electro optical/infrared sensors with targeting capability; as well as military avionics for communications, navigation and flight management.
A rope-down system is available for special operations, and overall survivability is enhanced by the H145M’s crew ballistic protection, its self-sealing fuel tanks, and electronic warfare self-protection against missile threats.
Benefitting from the robustness, low operating costs and high operational availability of Airbus Helicopters’ proven EC145/H145 family, the new H145M features Turbomeca Arriel-2E engines with dual-channel full authority digital engine controls (FADEC), a Fenestron shrouded tail rotor, along with upgraded main and tail rotor gearboxes.
This enhanced rotorcraft’s maximum gross take-off weight is increased by 50 kg., while its outstanding hover performance – even in one engine inoperative situations – is crucial for flight safety and mission success, especially during special operations duties and combat search & rescue duties.
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