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PICTURE: Serbian air force receives first H145M

Serbia’s first of an eventual nine H145Ms was handed over to its air force at the Partner Defence Exhibition in Belgrade on 25 June.

The medium-twin is in a search and rescue configuration. Subsequent aircraft will be equipped with Airbus Helicopters' HForce modular weapons package, with Belgrade considering the integration of locally-produced armaments as part of this process for the air force. The Serbian interior ministry will receive unarmed examples of the Safran Helicopter Engines Arriel-2E-powered type.

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Igor Salinger

Meanwhile, Airbus Helicopters has appointed Serbia’s Moma Stanojlovic aeronautical plant as an approved maintenance centre for the legacy SA341/342 Gazelle light helicopter. Cirium’s Fleets Analyzer shows that the Serbian air force operates 30 of the type.