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The light battlefield support helicopter

The H145M is an economical and versatile military helicopter covering the entire spectrum of military missions, from light utility to light attack. The H145M delivers the reliability and low operating costs of Airbus’ multi-role H145, which is a rotorcraft of reference for law enforcement organisations and military services – including the US Army, with its UH-72A Lakota version.

Adaptable for the most demanding operations

The large unobstructed cabin provides great modularity and its layout can be quickly converted to meet the most challenging mission requirements.


Equipped for duty

The H145M is equipped with a modern digital glass cockpit, night vision goggle compatibility, and Airbus’ advanced Helionix® avionics suite with a 4-axis digital autopilot.

Enhancements include an upgraded transmission system and incorporation of Airbus’ signature Fenestron® shrouded tail rotor for improved anti-torque control.

The H145M can be equipped with Airbus’ HForce weapons system – 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 H145M’s power, range, endurance and payload capability provide a multitude of deployment possibilities, especially when operating in sand and dust and in high & hot conditions at altitudes of 6,000 ft and temperatures of 95° F.

Mission readiness of the H145M is furthered by the rotorcraft’s two Safran Arriel 2E engines with dual-channel full-authority digital engine controls (FADEC) and an upgraded transmission.

In service as the US Army’s light utility helicopter, the UH-72A Lakota version has demonstrated an availability rate of greater than 90%.


The H145M’s compact airframe provides a low profile, enhanced by the helicopter’s flight agility and designed-in system redundancy.

Contributing to its survivability are self-sealing fuel tanks, ballistic protection and infrared suppressor, along with crashworthiness designed into the fuselage and seats.

The electronic warfare system and chaff/flare dispensers bring an extra level of protection in high-threat environments.


Light attack

The H145M can be equipped with Airbus’ HForce weapons system – 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 qualification of HForce for use on the H145M is planned for 2018.             

Special operations

Special operations teams can quickly access the aircraft thanks to its spacious cabin, which has two large sliding side doors and double clamshell doors at the rear.

Troop safety is improved by the Fenestron® shrouded tail rotor, particularly for flight operations in confined landing sites and whenever the rotor is turning on ground.

Troop transport and utility

For troop transport and utility missions, the H145M's unobstructed flat floor can accommodate 10 troops, who can embark/disembark through both sides and the rear clamshell doors. They are afforded excellent exterior visibility through large side windows, along with windows integrated in the clamshell door.

Mission equipment packages include a fast rope system, cargo hooks and hoists.

The high-set main rotor and Fenestron® shrouded tail rotor provide unparalleled safety, access in confined landing zones, and loading/unloading of cargo, passengers and patients while the rotors are turning.

Intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance

The optimised ratio of the cabin volume to the ground footprint – along with its low sound levels and the reduced infrared signature – makes the H145M a discreet and efficient platform, well suited to intelligence, surveillance, target acquisition, and reconnaissance (ISTAR) operations.


Maritime security

The added value of the 4-axis autopilot combined with a weather and search radar, emergency floats, a life raft and an emergency locator transmitter (ELT), allow the H145M to fulfill day and night maritime security missions.

These include exclusive economic zone surveillance and control; maritime counter-terrorism/piracy; ship replenishment; and search and rescue (SAR) and medical evacuation at sea, among others.


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