Airbus Helicopters, a subsidiary of Airbus, has delivered the first two of 20 H145M military helicopters to the Hungarian Defence Forces.
In June last year, the Hungarian Ministry of Defence placed an order for the H145M military helicopters, featuring the HForce weapon management, under the military modernisation programme Zrinyi 2026.
The helicopters include a fast roping system, high-performance camera, dual cargo hook, hoist, disaster management kit, ballistic protection, and an electronic countermeasures system.
They also feature the HForce weapon management system, developed by Airbus Helicopters. The system will allow Hungary to equip and operate the aircraft with a range of ballistic or guided air-to-ground and air-to-air weapons.
Hungary has also placed an order for 16 H225M multi-purpose helicopters, which will feature HForce system.
Airbus claimed that the light twin-engine H145M helicopters are becoming popular among defence forces due to their price-performance ratio and short delivery time. The company said that that mission readiness of the H145Ms already in service is above 95%.
The H145M helicopter, which has a maximum take-off weight of 3.7t, was first delivered in 2015 to the German Armed Forces. Later, Thailand and the Republic of Serbia also placed orders for the helicopter.
Powered by two Safran Arriel 2E engines, the H145M helicopter is equipped with full authority digital engine control (FADEC).
The Helionix digital avionics suite in the H145M includes a high-performance four-axis autopilot, which increases safety and reduces pilot workload.
The H145M and H225M helicopters are expected to allow the Hungarian Defence Forces to take up missions such as light utility, combat search and rescue, tactical transport and light attack.
Along with the helicopters, Airbus will also provide an extensive training and support package.
At the time of securing the order, Airbus chief executive officer Tom Enders had said: “We are honoured to be of service, once more, to the Hungarian Ministry of Defence whom we today welcome as a new customer for our H145M helicopters.
“With this new order, we are fostering our excellent and trustful relationship with the Hungarian Armed Forces after their acquisition of two A319 military troop transporters last year.”