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Airbus Helicopters has recently completed a ballistic development test of an HForce weapon system on a H145M on Pápa Airbase in Hungary.

H145M

The battlefield support helicopter

Modern and versatile, the H145M offers a wide range of tactical options for battlefield roles.

It offers the crucial capability of delivering troops and materials quickly with minimum delay, can rapidly apply fire power to neutralise or destroy opposing forces, offers support for friendly forces in combat, and is ideal for acquiring information, interpreting and exploiting it.

This high-performance, versatile, rugged and reliable helicopter can be equipped with a large range of equipment and provides outstanding mission flexibility to military operators.

Considered as the reference in its civil version for law enforcement organisations and military services, the H145 is in service with the US Army, which operate its UH-72A Lakota version.


Adaptable for demanding operations

The H145M is the answer to today’s most demanding operations for which high versatility, high performance and cost effectiveness are needed.

Aircraft

Superior performance for multirole missions

A key feature of the H145M is the wide range of available optional mission equipment packages that can be rapidly installed and removed, based on the requirements of the mission. Within minutes, the aircraft can be reconfigured from troop transport with seats to a search and rescue mission with rescue hoist and stretchers, or to an armed helicopter with a set of weapons and ballistic protection.

The H145M’s power, range, endurance and payload capability provide a variety of deployment possibilities, especially when operating in sand and dust and in high and hot conditions at altitudes of 6,000 feet and temperatures of 95°F/35°C.

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.

HForce for fire power and accuracy

The H145M can be equipped with Airbus’ HForce weapons system – an incremental, modular and cost-efficient weapon system that can be used on any military version of Airbus’ civil helicopter range (H125M, H145M and H225M). 

Three different packages are available which increase the capability of the aircraft, from ballistic firing through helmet mounted display, to ballistic firing through electro-optical system (EOS) or guided weapons firing.

 

Rugged and high tech

The H145M’s compact airframe provides a low profile, enhanced by the helicopter’s agility in flight 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.

The H145M is equipped with a modern digital glass cockpit (Airbus’ advanced Helionix® avionics suite), is night vision goggle-compatible, and has a 4-axis digital autopilot that drastically reduces pilot workload.

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

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

Cost effective

Optimised maintenance and high reliability are key factors for cost effectiveness in demanding operations. 

The successful capability enhancement for the H145M continues. In the first weeks of December 2017, Airbus Helicopters demonstrated the ability to fire laser guided rockets (FZ275 LGR from Thales) with its new H145M platform at the Älvdalen test range of the Swedish Defence Materiel Administration Flight test Centre.

Missions

Light attack

The flexible weapon management system enables armies around the world to complement their fleets with specialised versions of light attack helicopters. 

Transport and utility

For troop transport and utility missions, the H145M's unobstructed flat floor can accommodate two pilots and 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.

 

Technical Data

Performance

Fast cruise speed at MTOW

240 km/h

Max. range with standard fuel tanks

638 km

Max. endurance with standard fuel tanks

3:32

Characteristics

Max takeoff weight (MTOW)

3,800 kg

Useful load

1,905 kg

MTOW with external load

3,800 kg

Max. seating capacity

2+10

Sling capacity

1,600 kg 

Engine 2 x Safran Helicopter Engines Arriel 2E turboshaft
Max. takeoff power (per engine) 667 kW / 894 shp

Max. emergency power (O.E.I)

800 kW / 1,072 shp

Usable fuel capacity 

723 kg / 1,593.9 lb

Performance

Fast cruise speed at MTOW

129 kts

Max. range with standard fuel tanks

345 NM

Max. endurance with standard fuel tanks

3h32 min

Characteristics

Max takeoff weight (MTOW)

8,378 lb

Useful load

4,200 lb

MTOW with external load

8,378 lb

Max. seating capacity

2+10

Sling capacity

3,527 lb

Engine 2 x Safran Helicopter Engines Arriel 2E turboshaft
Max. takeoff power (per engine) 667 kW / 894 shp

Max. emergency power (O.E.I)

800 kW / 1,072 shp

Usable fuel capacity 

723 kg / 1,593.9 lb

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Delivery of 1st H145M to Serbian Ministry of Defence    
H145M Serbian Air Force static display at Paris Airshow 2019 - Day 4    
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H125M on the static display at Paris Air Show - PAS2019 - Day 1    
PAS2019 Static Display - Day 0    
Paris Air Show 2019 Exhibit Stand - Day 0    
H145-Wounded-Warrior-Project    
H145M delivered to Serbian Air Force    
H145M D HADD    
Manned Unmanned Teaming (MUM-T)    
H145M with HForce    
H145M with HForce    
H145M with HForce    
H145M with HForce    
H145M with HForce    
H145M with HForce    
H145M with HForce    
LuFo: Turbo für die Luftfahrtindustrie    
German Air Force's H145M controls an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV)    
Serbia receives first out of nine H145Ms      
H145M Manned Unmanned Teaming (MUM-T)       
H145M successfully launched 70mm Laser Guided Rockets during its firing campaign in Sweden      
First firing campaign with HForce-equipped H145M      
Airbus Helicopters delivers 400th UH-72A Lakota to U.S. Army      

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