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First H145 SAR helicopter delivered to Germany

11th December 2019 - 13:30 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

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The first H145 helicopter has been delivered to the German armed forces’ search and rescue service by Airbus Helicopters, the company announced on 10 December.

Germany’s Federal Office of Bundeswehr Equipment, Information Technology and In-Service Support has seven H145s on order to renew the service’s Bell UH-1D search and rescue fleet which entered into service in the 1970s.

The new aircraft will be stationed at sites in Niederstetten, Holzdorf and Nörvenich. The last of the H145 Light Utility Helicopter Search and Rescue helicopters will be delivered early 2021, once training has been completed.

The helicopters are equipped with high-performance cameras, searchlights, emergency beacon locator systems, a full suite of medical equipment, rescue winches and load hooks.

Airbus Helicopters will also be responsible for logistics support, repair and maintenance of the fleet.

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