The Hungarian Defense Forces (HDF) received the initial two units of the contracted 16 H225M multi-purpose helicopters on July 24.
The helicopter was officially handed over at Szolnok Airbase by Bruno Even, CEO of Airbus Helicopters. In addition, Airbus will also provide training and support package to Hungarian forces.
“I am very happy that we have delivered the first H225Ms to Hungary today,” said Bruno Even. “The Defence Forces are receiving a combat-proven, multi-role platform, which is the latest version of a very successful helicopter family.”
“Together with the light twin-engine H145M, which is already in operation, Hungary now has a modern helicopter fleet that can fly a broad range of military missions, and we are proud that they decided our helicopters were the right choice for their extremely important operations,” he continued.
The H225M helicopters are equipped with communication capabilities for transportation, combat search and rescue, and special operations missions. Equipped with a four-axis autopilot and a high payload capacity, the helicopters have a cabin capable of carrying up to 24 troops.
Additionally, the helicopter is armed with air-to-ground and air-to-surface armaments and electronic warfare systems, enabling it to undertake demanding missions. It has all-weather capability and is compatible with night vision goggles.
Some units of the Hungarian H225M fleet will be fitted with the HForce weapon management system, creating synergy with the H145M fleet. Hungary recently conducted flight trials to integrate a gun pod and rocket launchers onto the H225M platform.