Serbia has received the first of nine Airbus Helicopters H145M helicopters it ordered in 2017. Delivery of the first helicopter took place at Airbus's Donauwörth production facility in southern Germany on 22 November.
Of the nine helicopters ordered for the Serbian air force and police, the first helicopter to be handed over is destined for the air force and was delivered in a search-and-rescue configuration, equipped with a FLIR Systems Star SAFIRE 380HDc electro-optic/infrared (EO/IR) sensor; Trakka Systems TrakkaBeam A800 searchlight; Goodrich rescue hoist; and a wire-strike protection system.
Serbia is the first customer to equip its H145M helicopters with the Airbus Helicopters new HForce Generic Weapon System (GWS). This system enables the customer to quickly and easily weaponise its helicopters by means of the Rockwell Collins Deutschland (RCD) FMC-4212 General Purpose Computer (GPC), the Thales' Scorpion monocular helmet-mounted sight display (HMSD), and a Wescam electro-optical sensor, as well as gunner armament weapon grips and weapon pods. Weapon options include 12.7 mm heavy machine gun pods (HMGPs), 20 mm cannon pods, and/or 68 mm and 70 mm unguided and guided rockets, as well as air-to-surface and air-to-air missiles.
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