Airbus Helicopters announced the delivery of two lightweight military multi-role H145M helicopters (LUH SOF) to the German Armed Forces (Bundeswehr).
The helicopters are the first two amongst 15 units ordered by the German Armed Forces and are expected to be used by the Kommando Spezialkräfte (KSK), the German Army’s Special Forces, in Laupheim.
The H145M is the military version of the civil H145 aircraft, which has a maximum take-off weight of 3.7t.
The H145M been designed for day and night missions, which will allow the army to use it for a wide range of military operations including utility, reconnaissance, search and rescue, armed scout, and medical evacuation.
The Bundeswehr H145M (LUH SOF) also features a fast roping system for troops, cargo hooks, hoists, a pintle-mounted door gun, ballistic protection, and an electronic countermeasures system.
Airbus Helicopters Germany CEO Wolfgang Schoder said: "With its cutting-edge technologies, outstanding performance and true multi-role capabilities, the H145M answers to the challenging demands of our military customers in today´s missions.
"We are very proud to hand over these aircraft on time and on budget. From contact signature to first delivery in just two years, this project is a benchmark of efficient cooperation between Bundeswehr, authorities and industry."
Airbus Helicopters previously received a contract to supply EC145 T2 light-utility helicopters to the Royal Thai Army.
The company will supply six EC145 T2 helicopters with a VIP installation, primarily for official passenger transport missions.