Airbus Helicopters and IAR expand their strategic partnership for the H145M helicopter
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Airbus Helicopters and IAR signed an Industrial Cooperation Agreement in order to customize the H145M helicopter for attack missions for the Romanian armed forces, in the presence of Claudiu Năsui, Minister of Economy, Entrepreneurship and Tourism and Bruno Even, CEO of Airbus Helicopters.
The proposed cooperation program includes the transfer of high-level technology capacity and know-how from Airbus Helicopters to the Romanian Defense Industry, with the aim of ensuring the continuous technical availability of the H145M helicopter fleet that would be operated by the Romanian Ministry of Defense. This new agreement is in addition to the exclusive Industrial Cooperation exclusive agreement, under which IAR has become the main contractor for H215M for any future order from the Romanian Ministry of Defense to replace the aging helicopter fleet.
AR would be responsible for the production and customization of H215M and H145M helicopters in Brașov, respectively
In order to expand its presence on the Romanian market, IAR would be responsible for the production and customization of H215M and H145M helicopters in Brașov, respectively. These two projects would bring substantial benefits to Romania, such as employment, the acquisition of high-level professional skills, greater contributions to the local budget, investment in education, and would allow Romania to join the exclusive club of countries capable of producing H215 / H215M helicopters.
The H215M is a medium-heavy multi-role helicopter that has proven its combat capabilities, combining the recognized strength of the Cougar and Super Puma family with the all-glass cockpit, autopilot and avionics specific to the H225M helicopter. With competitive operating and maintenance costs and the ability to be easily deployed, the H215M is an affordable and efficient solution for the rotating wing category.
The H145M, with its unrivaled 4-axis autopilot and Helionix® avionics system, is designed for a wide range of demanding missions (from light attack, to troop transport, freight transport or aeromedical evacuation). It is optimized to carry out special security missions, transport or firing at a safe distance from enemy fire, day or night, in bad weather or low visibility.