Airbus Helicopters completes first firing campaign with HForce equipped H-145M
Donauwörth, Germany - It is a weapon system that can easily be fitted on other aircraft
Airbus Helicopters has recently completed a ballistic development test of an HForce weapon system on a H-145M on Pápa Airbase in Hungary. The tested system included guns (FN Herstal HMP400), unguided rockets (Thales FZ231) and cannons (Nexter NC621) as well as an electro-optical targeting system by Wescam (MX15) and a helmet mounted sight display by Thales (Scorpion). All planned and required tests were performed in a tight and demanding time schedule. Next steps prior to the qualification of HForce on the H-145M are the development testing of laser-guided rockets in Sweden before the end of the year as well as additional live-firing trials in summer 2018. HForce is a weapon system that can easily be fitted (“plug and play”) into Airbus Helicopter’s military platforms such as H-125M, H-145M and H-225M for ambitious and smart military operations. It is designed to meet the requirements of defence agencies seeking light attack mission capabilities or a complement to their existing fleet of specialized attack helicopters. Meanwhile, qualification of the core HForce system is on track for end 2017, following an extensive flight-test campaign carried out on a H-225M testbed. The H-145M is a military helicopter, derived from the H-145 model for rough EMS and police missions. First delivery of the H-145 took place in 2014. The entire fleet has now clocked up more than 80,000 flight hours. With a maximum take-off weight of 3.7 tonnes the H-145M is a light attack aircraft. It meets needs of Special Forces and can be used for a wide range of tasks (armed reconnaissance, ground fire support, anti-tank warfare, escort, tactical transport, MEDEVAC and CASEVAC). Customers for the H-145M include Germany –which in June received their 15th and final H-145M LUH SOF aircraft– as well as the Republic of Serbia and the Kingdom of Thailand.
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