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Belgium chooses H-145M helicopter

For Armed Forces and Federal Police -DATA SHEET

The Kingdom of Belgium will procure 15 multi-role H-145M helicopters for the army and two units plus three options for the Federal Police. The contract was signed between the NATO Support and Procurement Agency (NSPA), on behalf of Belgium, and Airbus Helicopters. 

The model is a multi-role military helicopter that provides a broad range of mission capabilities. Within minutes, the aircraft can be reconfigured from a light attack role, with axial ballistic and guided weapons and a state-of-the-art self-protection system, to a special operations version, including fast rappelling equipment. The comprehensive mission packages include hoisting and external cargo capabilities. Additionally, the H-145M includes options for future mission capabilities, including data links, further communication systems, and digitalisation of mission-capabilities.

It is the military version of the tried-and-tested, light twin-engine H-145 helicopter. The global fleet of the family has now accumulated more than seven million flight hours. It is used by armed and law enforcement forces around the world for the most demanding missions. Germany already operates 16 H-145M LUH SOF and eight H-145 LUH SAR helicopters and has recently ordered up to 82 additional helicopters of this type. The US Army employs almost 500 units from the H-145 family under the name of UH-72 "Lakota". Current operators of this model are Hungary, Serbia, Thailand and Luxembourg; Cyprus has ordered six aircraft as well as Brunei and the United Kingdom. 

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AVIONEWS - World Aeronautical Press Agency