The three-tonne category H135M can be equipped with a wide range of communications and navigation equipment, including tactical VHF/UHF radios and a satellite communications system, providing data transfer capabilities for exchanging reconnaissance, surveillance and target data with other forces or with unmanned aerial vehicles.
The H135M can be offered with a fire control system; electro-optical system with infrared/TV camera and laser rangefinder; helmet-mounted sight display; and a ballistic targeting system, among other features. Providing upgraded high and hot performance, increased maximum takeoff weight, improved flight envelope and extended range, the H135M can also be armed with a range of weapons, such as a machine gun or rockets.
When fitted with an external hook or hoist, the H135M is a special operations workhorse, accommodating up to six people and two pilots in the cabin.
In the four-tonne class, Airbus’ H145M opens with its power, range, endurance, and payload capability, and can be deployed for various special operations missions. These include combat group transport, or the ability to be equipped with the HForce modular weapon system and a wide range of weapon configurations (machine gun, rockets, guided rockets, missiles) for escort or fire support missions.
The optimised ratio of the cabin volume to the ground footprint, along with its low sound levels and reduced infrared signature, make the H145M a discreet and efficient ISTAR (intelligence, surveillance, target acquisition, and reconnaissance) platform. Its cabin volume also accommodates the safe boarding of a combat group.
Thanks to its state-of-the-art glass cockpit (the Helionix® avionics suite – coupled with a highly capable 4-axis digital autopilot system), the H145M can perform demanding special missions with great efficiency and precision.