Hungarian Defence Forces Takes Delivery of its First Two H145M Helicopters

Hungarian Defence Forces took delivery of the first two of twenty H145M military helicopters ordered from Airbus Helicopters.

Last year, the Hungarian Ministry of Defence has ordered 20 Airbus H145M military helicopters equipped with the innovative HForce weapon management in the framework of the military modernisation programme Zrinyi 2026.

The Hungarian Airbus H145M fleet is equipped with a fast roping system, high-performance camera, dual cargo hook, hoist, disaster management kit, ballistic protection as well as an electronic countermeasures system to support the most demanding operational requirements. The helicopters are also fitted with the HForce weapon management system, developed by Airbus Helicopters, which allows Hungary to equip and operate their aircraft with a large set of ballistic or guided air-to-ground and air-to-air weapons.

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 and the Republic of Serbia. It gaining popularity among defence 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.

Hungary has also ordered 16 H225M multi-purpose helicopters equipped with HForce. The cost-efficient H145M / H225M tandem will enable the Hungarian Defence Forces to cover missions from light utility, tactical transport, combat search and rescue up to light attack.

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