Delivery by Late 2019
Luxembourg has ordered two Airbus H145M multipurpose helcopters for defence and security missions. Airbus will provide the customer with a training and support package for the aircraft, which will be delivered before the end of 2019 and enter service in early 2020, the company announced on 27 July.
With a maximum take-off weight of 3.7t, the H145M can be used for a wide range of tasks, including troop and passenger transport, surveillance, air rescue, reconnaissance and medical evacuation. The helicopters will be equipped with a hoist, a fast roping system, a high-performance camera, a searchlight, advanced communication systems and will feature provisions for the installation of a light armour protection kit. The latest technologies to allow the helicopters, which will be operated and serviced at Luxembourg Findel Airport, to operate in adverse weather conditions and at night are incorporated into the design.
The H145M is a tried-and-tested light twin-engine helicopter, first delivered in 2015 to the German Armed Forces (Bundeswehr) and since ordered by Hungary, Thailand and Serbia. Mission readiness of the H145Ms already in service is above 95 percent.
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, increasing safety and reducing pilot workload. Its particularly low acoustic footprint makes the H145M the quietest helicopter in its class.