The defence ministry on Friday said it signed a contract on the purchase of 20 H145M medium-sized military multirole helicopters from Airbus.
The helicopters will replace the ageing Mi-8 and Mi-17 transport helicopters which will soon reach the end of their life cycle, it said.
The H145M provides the Hungarian Armed Forces with all of the necessary tactical and technical solutions. Airbus is also providing an extended outfitting, training and support package, the ministry said.
The ministry recently procured some Zlin small aircraft and a multifunctional Airbus A319 air transport aircraft, and it will soon acquire smaller scout planes and larger aircraft suitable for freight transport and other airborne tasks.
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As the airbushelicopters.com said,
a key feature of the H145M is the wide range of available optional mission equipment packages that can be rapidly installed and removed, based on the requirements of the mission. Within minutes, the aircraft can be reconfigured from troop transport with seats to a search and rescue mission with rescue hoist and stretchers, or to armed scout with a set of weapons and ballistic protection.
According to Airbus, the H145M’s power, range, endurance and payload capability provide a variety of deployment possibilities, especially when operating in sand and dust and in high and hot conditions at altitudes of 6,000 feet and temperatures of 95° F.