Hungary has ordered 20 H145M military helicopters, Airbus announced today. The rotorcraft are being acquired under the Zrinyi 2026 military modernisation programme and will be equipped with the HForce weapon system. Airbus will also provide the Hungarian Ministry of Defence with a training and support package.
“We are honoured to be of service – once more – to the Hungarian Ministry of Defence whom we today welcome as a new customer for our H145M helicopters,” said Tom Enders, CEO of Airbus. With this new order, we are fostering our excellent and trustful relationship with the Hungarian Armed Forces after their acquisition of two A319 military troop transporters last year. Team Airbus is grateful for the continued trust and confidence that the Hungarian government has placed in our products.”
The Hungarian H145M fleet 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, developed by Airbus Helicopters, will allow Hungary to equip and operate their aircraft with a wide array of ballistic or guided air-to-ground and air-to-air weapons.
Airbus Helicopters completed a first firing campaign with an HForce-equipped H145M last year. The ballistic development test took place at Pápa air base in Hungary. Systems tested comprised FN Herstal HMP400 machine gun pods, Thales FZ231 unguided rockets and the Nexter NC621 cannon. These were utilised with a Wescam MX-15 electro-optical targeting system and the Thales Scorpion helmet-mounted sight display.
The H145M was first delivered in 2015 to the German Bundeswehr and the type has since been ordered by Thailand and Serbia.