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HForce-equipped H145M tested

14th November 2017 - 03:11 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

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Airbus Helicopters has completed a ballistic development test of an HForce weapon system on the H145M helicopter at Pápa Airbase in Hungary, the company announced on 9 November.

The tested HForce weapon system included HMP400 guns, FZ231 unguided rockets, NC621 cannons, the MX-15 electro-optical targeting system and a Thales’ Scorpion helmet mounted sight display.

HForce is an incremental, plug-and-play weapon system that is designed to be fitted onto any Airbus Helicopters military model, such as the H125M, H145M and H225M helicopters, for light attack missions. The system is designed to meet the requirements of defence agencies seeking light attack mission capabilities or a complement to existing attack helicopters.

Qualification of the core HForce system is expected by the end of 2017, following an extensive flight-test campaign carried out on a H225M testbed.

Ahead of the qualification of HForce on the H145M, the company will perform development testing of laser-guided rockets in Sweden before the end of the year as well as additional live-firing trials in summer 2018.

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