Airbus Helicopters has delivered the seventh and final H145 for the Bundeswehr’s search and rescue (SAR) on time, the company announced on 19 March. The previously-delivered helicopters are used for training and field testing and are available 24/7 at the Niederstetten and Nörvenich air bases for rescue operations. Operations with the new aircraft will begin shortly, as planned, at the third SAR station in Holzdorf.
“The feedback we have received from our customers has been very positive. Because of their flexibility and very high availability, the helicopters of the H145 family have proven themselves in the Bundeswehr. We see considerably more possibilities for a wide range of tasks in all branches of the armed forces for the reliable model," commented Wolfgang Schoder, CEO of Airbus Helicopters Germany.
The helicopters feature high-performance 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, for example.