Airbus and Hensoldt enter framework agreement for self-protection systems

19 March 2019

Airbus Helicopters and Hensoldt have entered into a long-term framework agreement covering the supply of a missile protection capability for a range of Airbus Helicopters’ military platforms.

Signed at the end of 2018, the agreement covers an initial 10-year period during which orders can be placed for the Airborne Missile Protection System (AMPS), and the first order under the framework will result in 20 systems being delivered for the H145M in 2019–20.

The initial development of AMPS was carried out using the H145, Airbus said, and the first H145M aircraft produced were delivered with the protection system.

The company said the agreement also covers orders for the system on the H225M and H135M variants, both of which have already deployed AMPS, adding that one-off costs will be reduced via the agreement, or eliminated entirely.

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