Hungary orders 20 H145M

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Hungary’s Ministry of Defence has ordered 20 H145M military helicopters equipped with the HForce weapon-management system in the frame of the military modernisation programme Zrinyi 2026. Together with the helicopters, Airbus will provide an extensive training and support package.

CAPTIONAn Airbus Helicopters H145M. Airbus photo by A. Pecchi.

Airbus CEO Tom Enders said the company was honoured to be of service – once more – to the Hungarian Ministry of Defence whom they welcomed as a new customer for the H145M helicopters.

“With this new order, we are fostering our excellent and trustful relationship with the Hungarian Armed Forces after their acquisition of two A319 military troop transporters last year,” Mr Enders said.

“Team Airbus is grateful for the continued trust and confidence that the Hungarian government has placed in our products.”

With a maximum take-off weight of 3.7 tonnes, the H145M can be used for a wide range of tasks, including troop transport, utility, surveillance, air rescue, armed reconnaissance and medical evacuation.

The Hungarian fleet will be equipped with a fast-roping system, high-performance camera, fire-support equipment and ballistic protection as well as an electronic countermeasures system to support the most demanding operational requirements.

HForce, developed by Airbus Helicopters, will allow Hungary to equip and operate their aircraft with a large set of ballistic or guided air-to-ground and air-to-air weapons.

H145M is a 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.

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