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The H145M (previously known as the EC645 T2) is an economical and versatile military helicopter covering the entire spectrum of military missions, from light utility to light attack. The H145M delivers the reliability and low operating costs of Airbus Helicopters’ multi-role EC145, which is a rotorcraft of reference for law enforcement organizations and military services – including the U.S. Army, with its UH-72A Lakota version.


Equipped for duty

The H145M is equipped with a modern digital glass cockpit, night vision goggle compatability, and Airbus Helicopters’ advanced Helionix® avionics suite with a 4-axis digital autopilot.

Enhancements include an upgraded transmission system and incorporation of Airbus Helicopters’ signature Fenestron® shrouded tail rotor for improved anti-torque control.

For armed operations, the rotorcraft carries a mission computer, two rigid multi-purpose armament pylons that are easily removable, an infrared/TV electro-optical system, and a laser range-finder/designator/pointer. With its open system architecture, this innovative weapon system contributes to full situational awareness for the crew.


The H145M’s power, range, endurance and payload capability provide a multitude of deployment possibilities, especially when operating in high-and-hot conditions at altitudes of 6,000 ft. and temperatures of 95 deg. F.

Mission readiness of the H145M is enhanced by the rotorcraft’s two Turbomeca Arriel 2E engines with dual-channel full-authority digital engine controls (FADEC), Airbus Helicopters’ Fenestron® tail rotor for improved anti-torque authority, and an upgraded transmission.

In service as the U.S. Army’s Light Utility Helicopter, the UH-72A Lakota version has demonstrated an availability rate of greater than 90 percent.


The H145M’s compact airframe provides a low profile, enhanced by the helicopter’s flight agility and designed-in system redundancy.

Contributing to its survivability are self-sealing fuel tanks, ballistic protection and infrared suppressor, along with crashworthiness designed into the fuselage and seats.

The electronic warfare system and chaff/flare dispensers bring an extra level of protection in high-threat environments.



Light attack

Equipped with an incremental modular weapon system, the H145M can handle all types of operational scenarios, from conventional to asymmetric conflicts.

Ballistic and guided weapons compatible with the H145M include 7- and 12-tube rocket launchers, a 20-mm. cannon pod, 12.7-mm machine gun pod and air-to-ground missiles. Growth potential exists for laser-guided rockets.

Special operations

Special operations teams can quickly access the aircraft thanks to its spacious cabin, which has two large sliding side doors and double clamshell doors at the rear.

Troop safety is improved by the Fenestron® shrouded tail rotor, particularly for flight operations in confined landing sites and whenever the rotor is turning on ground.

Troop transport and utility

With an unobstructed flat floor, the H145M accommodates 10 troops, who can embark/disembark through both sides and the rear clamshell doors. They are afforded excellent exterior visibility through large side windows, along with windows integrated in the clamshell door.

Mission equipment packages include a fast rope system, cargo hooks and hoists.

The high-set main rotor and Fenestron® shrouded tail rotor provide unparalleled safety, access in confined landing zones, and loading/unloading of cargo, passengers and patients while the rotors are turning.

Intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance

The optimized ratio of the cabin volume to the ground footprint – along with its low sound levels and the reduced infrared signature – makes the H145M a discreet and efficient platform, well suited to Intelligence, Surveillance, Target Acquisition, and Reconnaissance (ISTAR) operations.

Maritime security

The added value of the 4-axis autopilot combined with a weather and search radar, emergency floats, a life raft and an emergency locator transmitter (ELT), allow the H145M to fulfill day and night maritime security missions.

These include exclusive economic zone surveillance and control; maritime counter-terrorism/piracy; ship replenishment; and search and rescue (SAR) and medical evacuation at sea, among others.






The German Federal Ministry of Defence signed a 194 million Euro contract in July 2013 for 15 H145M light utility helicopters to be operated by the German Army’s special forces unit (KSK).