An Airbus H145M (Illustration)- Photo: Flickr

Last of 20 Airbus H145M helicopters arrives in Hungary

The last newly purchased Airbus H145M medium-sized military multirole helicopter to complete a fleet of 20 landed at a military base in Szolnok, in central Hungary, on Friday.

The helicopter arrived from Airbus’s Donauwoerth plant in Germany, Romulusz Ruszin-Szendi, the chief of the Hungarian armed forces, told a press conference at the base. It was escorted to Szolnok by a Mi-17 and a Mi-24 helicopter.

The H145M has been purchased in the framework of Hungary’s Zrinyi 2026 large-scale army development programme.

“The delivery of the helicopter marked the end of an important phase of the development of the armed forces’ modern rotary capabilities,” the army chief said, adding that the army development programme “is alive and will continue”.

Ruszin-Szendi said that altogether 16 of the new H225 type of helicopters are expected to be delivered to Hungary between 2023 and 2025. The Mi-17 and Mi-24 types will be in use as long as possible.

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