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Serbia receives first Airbus H145M
H145M. © Airbus Helicopters

Serbia receives first Airbus H145M

Serbia will receive a total of nine H145Ms, destined for the Air Force and the Ministry of Interior.

The Serbian Minister of Defence Aleksandar Vulin has visited the Airbus Helicopters Donauwörth site to accept the first H145M for the Serbian Air Force. In December, two additional H145Ms will be delivered to the Serbian Ministry of Interior.

Under a contract signed in December 2016, Serbia will receive nine H145Ms, earmarked for the Air Force and for the Ministry of Interior. Four of the Air Force’s aircraft will be equipped with the HForce weapon management system.

The contract between Airbus Helicopters and Serbia includes technology transfer, spare parts, tools and documentation for the helicopters’ maintenance and repair. Airbus Helicopters will also certify Serbia's Moma Stanojlovic aeronautical plant as a centre for the maintenance of Gazelle helicopters and will include it in its overhaul network.

Airbus will also support Serbian manufacturing plants and research and development institutions to obtain relevant qualifications and certificates to become a supplier.

The Serbian aircraft will be equipped with a fast roping system, high-performance camera, fire support equipment, ballistic protection as well as an electronic countermeasures system. The HForce system will allow Serbia to equip and operate their aircraft with a broad range of ballistic or guided air-to-ground and air-to-air weapons.

The H145M was first delivered in 2015, to the German Armed Forces, and has since been ordered by Hungary, Thailand and Luxemburg.

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