Airbus Helicopters has delivered the fourth H145 helicopter to the German Armed Forces’ (Bundeswehr) search and rescue (SAR) service.
A total of seven helicopters of this type were ordered to renew their ageing Bell UH-1D Huey search and rescue helicopter fleet. The first helicopter was delivered last year.
Delivery of 4th German 🇩🇪 #H145 #LUH SAR. For this event, the Good Bye Huey Tour touched base at the Donauwörth airfield.
H145 will take over as the @Bundeswehrinfo search and rescue helicopter. #WeMakeitFly pic.twitter.com/4rRmOGrm5m
— Airbus Helicopters (@AirbusHeli) April 17, 2020
Bundeswehr is responsible for search and rescue operations (SAR) in the event of aircraft accidents on German territory. It, therefore, maintains a fleet of search and rescue helicopters on permanent standby, and these helicopters are also available for use in national disaster management operations. The Bell UH-1D model currently in use by the Bundeswehr first entered into service in the early 1970s.
The new aircraft will be stationed at the sites in Niederstetten, Holzdorf and Nörvenich. The last of the H145 LUH SAR (Light Utility Helicopter Search and Rescue) helicopters will be delivered early 2021, once training has been completed. Airbus Helicopters will also be responsible for logistics support, repair, and maintenance of the helicopters.
Among other features, the helicopters are equipped with high-performance cameras, searchlights, emergency beacon locator systems, a full suite of medical equipment, rescue winches and load hooks that can be used for fire-extinguishing tanks, for example. They are easy to identify thanks to the characteristic bright orange paintwork on their doors, featuring ‘SAR’ in blue lettering.