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Donauwörth, 08 September 2017 – At the end of August, the H145M performed its first
flight with a complete HForce weapon system in Donauwörth. Thanks to this modular
weapon system designed by Airbus, the H145M can be equipped with all kind of guided and
ballistic armaments such as missiles and laser guided rockets, guns, machine guns and
rockets. The qualification of HForce for use on the H145M is planned for 2018.
“The next steps prior to qualification include a firing campaign, testing the whole fire mission
spectrum through guns, cannons and rockets in Hungary as well as tests on the laser-guided
rockets in Sweden before the end of the year,” said Jean-Luc André, HForce Program Manager
at Airbus Helicopters. “As the launch customer for the H145M with the HForce weapon
system, the Republic of Serbia has ordered nine H145M aircraft, including four attack
helicopters equipped with HForce”, he added.
HForce is a comprehensive, modular and cost-efficient weapon system that can be used on
any military version of Airbus’ civil helicopter range (H125M, H145M and H225M). The
flexible weapon management system enables armies around the world to complement their
fleets with specialised versions of light attack helicopters.
The H145M is the military version of the tried-and-tested, twin-engine H145 civil helicopter
that was first delivered in 2014. The entire H145 fleet has now clocked up more than
60,000 flight hours. With a maximum take-off weight of 3.7 tonnes, the agile light attack
H145M, which perfectly matches the needs of Special Forces, can be used for a wide range
of tasks, including armed reconnaissance, ground fire support, escort, tactical transport,
MEDEVAC and CASEVAC. Customers for the H145M include the German Armed Forces –
which in June received their 15th H145M LUH SOF helicopter on time and on budget – as
well as the Republic of Serbia and the Kingdom of Thailand.
Airbus is a global leader in aeronautics, space and related services. In 2016, it generated revenues of € 67 billion
and employed a workforce of around 134,000. Airbus offers the most comprehensive range of passenger airliners
from 100 to more than 600 seats. Airbus is also a European leader providing tanker, combat, transport and
mission aircraft, and is one of the world’s leading space companies. In helicopters, Airbus provides the most
efficient civil and military rotorcraft solutions worldwide.