The Hungarian Defence Forces received the first two of 16 H225M multi-purpose helicopters on schedule. The helicopter was officially handed over at Szolnok Airbase by Bruno Even, CEO of Airbus Helicopters.
“The Defence Forces are receiving a combat-proven, multi-role platform, which is the latest version of a very successful helicopter family,” said Even. “Together with the light twin engine H145M, which is already in operation, Hungary now has a modern helicopter fleet that can fly a broad range of military missions.”
The H225Ms selected by Hungary will be used for transport, combat search and rescue, and special operations missions. The helicopter integrates four axis autopilot and a large cabin designed to carry up to 24 troops and powerful air-to-ground and air-to-surface armament, as well as electronic warfare systems. The helicopter has an all-weather capability supported by its night vision goggle compatibility.
A part of the Hungarian H225M fleet will be fitted with the HForce weapon management system, adding air support capabilities and communality with the Hungarian H145M fleet also equipped with HForce. Flight trials have recently been conducted in Hungary as part of the integration of a gun pod and rocket launchers on the Hungarian H225M.