German Bundeswehr orders H145 helicopters
Airbus Helicopters has received an order to supply seven H145 helicopters for SAR services in Germany, the company announced on 13 December.
The contract, awarded by the Federal Office of Bundeswehr Equipment, Information Technology and In-Service Support, also includes the provision of logistics support, repair and maintenance of the helicopters.
The H145 helicopters will replace the German armed forces’ Bell UH-1D SAR fleet. The aircraft will be delivered in 2020 and will be stationed at sites in Niederstetten, Holzdorf and Nörvenich.
The H145 light utility SAR helicopters feature advanced cameras, searchlights, emergency beacon locator systems, a full suite of medical equipment, rescue winches and load hooks that can be used for fire-extinguishing tanks.
The Bundeswehr is responsible for SAR operations in the event of aircraft accidents on German territory. It therefore maintains a fleet of SAR helicopters on permanent standby; and these helicopters are also available for use in national disaster management operations.
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