Airbus delivers seventh SAR helicopter to German Armed Forces
By Naomi Szeben
Airbus Helicopters has delivered the last of seven H145 for the search and rescue service of the Bundeswehr to the Federal Office of Bundeswehr Equipment, Information Technology and In-Service Support (BAAINBw).
The helicopters are used for training and field testing and are available 24/7 at the Niederstetten and Nörvenich air bases for rescue operations. With the new H145 LUH SAR, operations will begin shortly at the third SAR station in Holzdorf.
Among other features, the helicopters are equipped with high-performance cameras, searchlights, emergency beacon locator systems, a full suite of medical equipment, rescue winches, and load hooks that can be used for fire-extinguishing tanks, for example. Airbus explains they are easy to identify thanks to the characteristic bright orange paintwork on their doors, featuring ‘SAR’ in blue lettering.
“The feedback we have received from our customers has been very positive….We see considerably more possibilities for a wide range of tasks in all branches of the armed forces for the reliable model,” said Wolfgang Schoder, CEO of Airbus Helicopters Germany.