The Federal Office of Bundeswehr Equipment,
Information Technology and In-Service Support (BAAINWBw) has
ordered seven Airbus H145 helicopters to replace the German Armed Forces’
(Bundeswehr) obsolete Bell UH-1D search and rescue fleet.
aircraft will be delivered in 2020 and will be stationed at the
sites in Niederstetten, Holzdorf and Nörvenich.
will also be responsible for logistics support, repair, and
maintenance of the helicopters.
“We’re proud to have received
another order for our H145 family from the Bundeswehr. This will
further standardise the Bundeswehr’s fleet of light helicopters,”
said Wolfgang Schoder, Airbus Helicopters’ Executive Vice
President Light Helicopters and Governmental Programmes. “The
helicopters already operated by the Bundeswehr have proven
themselves in particular through their very high levels of
operational availability, and we see a lot more possibilities for
the flexible and reliable H145 family to perform a wide range of
tasks in all branches of the armed forces.”
According to an
agreement with the Federal Ministry of Transport, the Bundeswehr
is also responsible for search and rescue operations in the event
of aircraft accidents on German territory. It therefore maintains
a fleet of search and rescue helicopters on permanent standby; and
these helicopters are also available for use in national disaster
management operations. The Bell UH-1D model currently in use by
the Bundeswehr first entered into service in the early 1970s.
Among other features, the H145 LUH SAR (Light Utility Helicopter
Search and Rescue) 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.
the military version of the H145, is a light
twin-engine helicopter that was first delivered to the Bundeswehr
in 2015 and has since also been ordered by Serbia, Hungary,
Thailand and Luxembourg.
At its site in Laupheim, the
Bundeswehr operates 15 H145Ms as light support helicopters for
special forces. The helicopter pilots of all branches of the armed
forces train on the H135, the H145’s ‘little sister’.
by two Safran Arriel 2E engines, the H145 is equipped with full
authority digital engine control (FADEC) and the Helionix digital
avionics suite. It includes a high-performance 4-axis autopilot,
increasing safety and reducing pilot workload. Its particularly
low acoustic footprint makes the H145 one of the quietest helicopters in
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