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Belgium chooses Airbus H145M for Armed Forces and Federal Police

June 19, 2024  By Helicopters Staff

Powered by two Turbomeca Arriel 2E engines, the H145M is equipped with full authority digital engine control (FADEC). (Photo: Airbus Helicopters - Cara Irina Wagner)

The Kingdom of Belgium will procure 15 multi-role H145M helicopters for the army and two helicopters, plus three options, for the Federal Police. The contract was signed between the NATO Support and Procurement Agency (NSPA), on behalf of Belgium, and Airbus Helicopters.

“We are proud that Belgium is joining the growing community of H145M users,” said Bruno Even, CEO of Airbus Helicopters. “In Europe, the robust multi-role helicopter is becoming the reference for tactical airlift capability, special operations, and medical evacuation missions.”

Airbus explains, that within minutes, the H145M can be reconfigured from a light attack role, with axial ballistic and guided weapons and a self-protection system, to a special operations version, including fast rappelling equipment. The mission packages include hoisting and external cargo capabilities. Additionally, the H145M includes options for future mission capabilities, such as data links, further communication systems, and digitalization of mission capabilities.

The H145M is the military version of the light twin-engine H145 helicopter. The global fleet of the H145 family has now accumulated more than seven million flight hours. It is used by armed and law enforcement forces around the world. Germany operates 16 H145M LUH SOF and eight H145 LUH SAR helicopters and recently ordered up to 82 additional helicopters of this type. The US Army employs almost 500 helicopters from the H145 family under the name of UH-72 Lakota. Current operators of the H145M are Hungary, Serbia, Thailand and Luxembourg; Cyprus has ordered six aircraft as well as Brunei and the United Kingdom.



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