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Luxembourg orders two H145M helos to boost security missions

27th July 2018 - 14:30 GMT | by The Shephard News Team in London

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Airbus has received an order for two H145M light-twin multipurpose helicopters from the government of the Grand-Duchy of Luxembourg, with both aircraft to be used for defence and security missions. 

The company confirmed the contract will include training and support, with the aircraft set for delivery before the end of 2019. Service entry is scheduled for the beginning of 2020. 

With a MTOW of 3.7t, the H145M can be used for a wide range of tasks, including troop and passenger transport, surveillance, air rescue, reconnaissance and medical evacuation.

In this case, the helicopters will be equipped with a hoist, a fast roping system, a high-performance camera, a search light, advanced communication systems and will have provisions to install a light armour protection kit. 

Advanced technologies to allow the helicopter to operate in adverse weather conditions and at night are also implemented in the design. The helicopters will be operated and serviced at Luxembourg Findel Airport.

First delivered in 2015 to the German Armed Forces, the H145M has since been ordered by Hungary, Thailand and the Republic of Serbia.

Airbus say that of current in service platforms, mission readiness exceeds 95%.

Housed with Safran Arriel 2E engines, the H145M is equipped with full authority digital engine control (FADEC) and the Helionix digital avionics suite. 

Other features include a four-axis autopilot and a minimal acoustic footprint. 

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