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Serbia orders nine H145M light utility rotorcraft from Airbus Helicopters

World Aviation Defense & Security News - Serbia
Serbia orders nine H145M light utility rotorcraft from Airbus Helicopters
According to Reuters, the Serbian Defense Ministry announced today in an official statement it will purchase nine H145M multirole helicopters from France-based rotorcraft manufacturer Airbus Helicopters in order to bolster its defense capabilities.
Serbia orders nine H145M helicopters from Airbus Helicopters 640 001Airbus Helicopters' H145M light utility helicopter
(Credit: Airbus Helicopters/Charles Abarr)
Without giving any details about the price or timeframe for delivery, the Serbian Defence Ministry said in a statement the contract with Airbus was for the purchase of nine H145M helicopters with spares and tools, to be used by both military and police.

Earlier this month, Russia donated six MIG-29 fighter jets to Serbia. In June 2016, the country also bought two Russian Mi-17 Hip utility helicopters for US$26 million.

On Dec. 15, Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic said that in addition to the purchase of nine Airbus Helicopters aircraft, another four could be donated.

The H145M is a militarised version of the H145; previously designated as EC645 T2. The platform can be outfitted with ballistic protection, self-sealing fuel tanks, electro optical/infrared sensor, hardpoints for armaments (such as 70-mm rocket system), military-grade communications and navigational systems, and an electronic warfare self-protection system.

The H145M has been chosen by armed forces of Saudi Arabia, Albania, Bolivia, Germany, Kazakhstan, Thailand, USA, and now, Serbia.