The Ecuadorian Air Force signed a contract with Airbus Helicopters for the purchase of six twin-engine H145M helicopters.
According to a statement from the Air Force, the new helicopters will “strengthen the operational capacity” of the service.
Con la finalidad de fortalecer la capacidad operativa de la Fuerza Aérea Ecuatoriana, se firmó el contrato para la compra de seis Helicópteros bimotores H145M de la empresa AIRBUS HELICOPTERS. pic.twitter.com/ULxHCCszWd
— Fuerza Aérea Ecuatoriana (@FuerzaAereaEc) November 27, 2019
The H145Ms will replace the Air Force’s Indian-built HAL Dhruv helicopters. They will join the service’s four new Leonardo AgustaWestland AW119 Koala helicopters purchased earlier this year to complement its fleet of Bell 212 and TH-57 (Bell 206) helicopters.
The H145M is a tried-and-tested light twin-engine helicopter that was first delivered in 2015 to the German Armed Forces and has since been ordered by Thailand, the Republic of Serbia, Luxembourg, and Hungary. It gaining popularity among defense forces due to their excellent price-performance ratio and the short delivery time.
Powered by two Safran Arriel 2E engines, the H145M is equipped with full authority digital engine control (FADEC). In addition, the helicopter is equipped with the Helionix digital avionics suite which includes a high-performance 4-axis autopilot, increasing safety and reducing pilot workload. Its particularly low acoustic footprint makes the H145M the quietest helicopter in its class.
With a maximum take-off weight of 3.7 tonnes, the H145M can be used for a wide range of tasks, including troop and passenger transport, surveillance, air rescue, reconnaissance, and medical evacuation (MEDEVAC).