Brunei orders six H145M helicopters from Airbus

The Ministry of Defence of Brunei has signed a contract with Airbus Helicopters for the acquisition of six H145M military helicopters, the companies announced on Thursday.

The H145Ms will replace Brunei’s aging BO105 fleet and be utilized by the Royal Brunei Air Force for missions including close air support and aerial observation.

“We are greatly honoured by the selection of the H145M to support the Royal Brunei Air Force’s expanded missions.”

Bruno Even, CEO of Airbus Helicopters

The H145M is a multi-role military helicopter capable of performing a wide array of demanding operations. Powered by two Turbomeca Arriel 2E engines with full authority digital engine control (FADEC), it is equipped with Airbus’ Helionix avionics suite featuring innovative flight data management and a high-performance 4-axis autopilot to reduce pilot workload.

“The H145M is well regarded for its high performance and versatility,” Even said. “We are confident that it will bring a step change in operational readiness to Brunei.”

The global fleet of the H145 family helicopters has accumulated over 7 million flight hours to date.

Brunei joins Cyprus, Germany, Hungary, Luxembourg, Serbia and Thailand as recent nations to procure the H145M for their armed forces.

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