Aleksandar Vulin, the Serbian Minister of Defence,
visited the Airbus Helicopters Donauwörth site to accept the first
H145M for the Serbian Air Force.
Next month, two H145Ms will be
delivered to the Serbian Ministry of Interior. Altogether, Serbia
will receive nine H145Ms, earmarked for the Air Force and for the
Ministry of Interior. Four of the Air Force’s aircraft will be
equipped with the HForce weapon management system.
“We assess the implementation of the contract as
an example of successful cooperation and positive business
practice,” said Aleksandar Vulin. “All the activities so far have
been carried out within the agreed deadlines, and we expect the
future activities to be implemented in the same manner. We are
particularly pleased to point out that the activities of the
industrial cooperation covered by the contract are taking place
within the planned timelines.”
The contract between Airbus Helicopters and
Serbia foresees transfer of technology, spare parts, tools and
documentation for the helicopters’ maintenance and repair.
Helicopters will also certify Serbia's Moma Stanojlovic
aeronautical plant as a centre for the maintenance of Gazelle
helicopters and will include it in its overhaul network.
will also support Serbian manufacturing plants and research and
development institutions to obtain relevant qualifications and
certificates to become a supplier.
“I would like to thank the Serbian government
and personally Defence Minister Vulin for their trust in the
latest member of our H145 family and for the smooth cooperation
since the negotiations started in 2016,” said Wolfgang Schoder,
CEO of Airbus Helicopters Germany. “We see a lot more
opportunities for the H145M in Europe and beyond.”
The H145M has several optional equipment
packages that can be installed or removed depending on the
assigned mission. With a maximum take-off weight of 3.7 tonnes,
the H145M can be used for a wide range of tasks, including troop
transport, utility, surveillance, air rescue, armed reconnaissance
and medical evacuation.
The Serbian aircraft will be equipped with a
fast roping system, high-performance camera, fire support
equipment, ballistic protection as well as an electronic
The HForce system, developed by Airbus Helicopters,
will allow Serbia to equip and operate their aircraft with a large
set of ballistic or guided air-to-ground and air-to-air weapons.
The first H145M twin-engine helicopter was
delivered in 2015 to the German Armed Forces and has since been
ordered by Hungary, Thailand and Luxemburg.
Powered by two Safran Arriel 2E engines, the
H145M is equipped with full authority digital engine control
(FADEC) and the Helionix digital avionics suite. It includes a
high-performance 4-axis autopilot and its particularly low acoustic footprint makes the
H145M one of the quietest helicopters in its class.