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Germany orders seven SAR-roled H145 helicopters

Airbus Helicopters has received an order from Germany for seven search and rescue-configured H145 light-twins to replace its current fleet of elderly Bell UH-1Ds.

Due for delivery in 2020, the aircraft will be stationed at bases in Holzdorf, Niederstetten, and Noervenich.

Under an agreement with the federal transport ministry, Berlin's armed forces are responsible for SAR operations in the event of aircraft accidents on German territory. The helicopters required are also able to be used for disaster-relief roles.

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With the latest order, the Bundeswehr has further standardised its fleet on the German-built H145.

The country's air force already operates 15 of the M-designated military variant in support of special forces missions, with the final example handed over in 2017.

Germany is thought to be considering a major acquisition of light battlefield support helicopters, with the H145M likely to be in pole position.

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