Fast rooping from an Airbus Helicopters H145M. (Image © Airbus Helicopters)

First new ride for German special forces

The German Kommando Spezialkräfte (KSK) took delivery of its first two Airbus Helicopters H145M multi role helicopters. They are the first of 15 ordered to replace vintage UH-1 Hueys.

The H145M is the military version of civil H145 helicopter and is new the mode of transportation for Germany’s special forces, based in Laupheim.

The helo first flew in November last year. It has an increased maximum take-off weight of 3.7 metric tons, and can be equipped with mission equipment that includes a pintle-mounted door gun and fast rooping equipment, plus the ability to carry weapons on external pylons as well as electro-optical/infrared sensors with targeting capability.

Launch customer

Germany is launch customer for the H145M. A seven-year support contract with Airbus Helicopters was signed earlier this year. First deliveries for the second H145M customer, the Royal Thai Navy, will begin in 2016.

© 2015 editor Elmer van Hest