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Airbus Helicopters H145 (Eurocopter EC145)

France (2002)
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Introduced in 2002, the Eurocopter EC145 has managed to enter several markets including both military and civilian.


Detailing the development and operational history of the Airbus Helicopters H145 (Eurocopter EC145) Light / Medium Utility Helicopter.  Entry last updated on 7/16/2018. Authored by Staff Writer. Content ©www.MilitaryFactory.com

The Eurocopter EC145 is a light-to-medium-lift transport helicopter produced under the Airbus Helicopters label (formerly Eurocopter/Eurocopter Group). The utility system has proven popular in both military and civilian quarters where it has proven itself a capable lifting machine. First flight of a prototype vehicle was recorded on June 12th, 1999 and introduction was seen in 2002. Production is ongoing, including manufacture of U.S. Army/Navy UH-72 Lakotas in the United States. The EC145 holds origins in the MBB / Kawasaki BK117 model series which debuted in 1982 and shares a similar appearance and overall configuration.

The EC145 takes on a unique configuration as transport helicopters go. Its most notable feature is its raised tail stem which allows use of a clamshell-style twin-door system at the rear of the fuselage. This allows unfettered access to the passenger cabin which is useful in the medical transport role. Additionally there are sliding side doors fitted to the cabin and the two-pilot crew make use of traditional automobile-style doors at front. Vision out-of-the-cockpit is excellent thanks to the use of large cabin windows. The undercarriage is an uncomplicated skid arrangement which allows for touchdowns on most any surface. The main rotor sits atop the engine compartment which, itself, is mounted over the passenger cabin in the usual way. The tail rotor consists of a two-blade unit fitted high atop the main vertical tail fin. There are two outboard fins also used. The cockpit is all-digital and avionics all-modern, allowing the EC145 to be marketed to various industries including maritime services, VIP passenger transport, and medical emergency hauling. The passenger cabin can seat nine or medical patients, applicable equipment, and staff.

Power is served through 2 x Turbomeca Arriel 1E2 turboshaft engines developing 738 horsepower each. Maximum speed is 167 miles per hour with cruising at about 150 miles per hour. Range is out to 530 miles with a service ceiling of 17,200 feet and rate-of-climb measuring 1,600 feet per minute.

EC145 designates the base transport models and are powered by the Turbomeca Arriel 1E2 turboshaft engines with two-blade exposed tail rotor. The EC145 T2 is a upgraded model now offered based on the original EC145 but with new engines, avionics, and a shrouded Fenestron tail rotor unit. The first flyable form was handed over to German air ambulance operator in late July 2014. The EC645 T2 is the militarized version of the EC145 T2. The EC145 makes up the U.S. military's UH-72A "Lakota" series as well, detailed elsewhere on this site.

Operators of the EC145 have gone on to include Brazil, France, Germany, Ukraine, the United Kingdom, and the United States among others. Some 34 countries operate the type in both civilian and militarized versions.

Israel's Elbut Systems has ordered a pair of H145 units to modify for Israeli Police service (this along with four H125 systems). Service entry will be 2016.

Any available statistics for the Airbus Helicopters H145 (Eurocopter EC145) Light / Medium Utility Helicopter are showcased in the areas immediately below. Categories include basic specifications covering country-of-origin, operational status, manufacture(s) and total quantitative production. Other qualities showcased are related to structural values (namely dimensions), installed power and standard day performance figures, installed or proposed armament and mission equipment (if any), global users (from A-to-Z) and series model variants (if any).




  Program Updates  


May 2016 - It was announced that Airbus Helicopters would be delivering three H145 helicopters, as well as twenty-nine H135 series helicopters, to the United Kingdom's Defense Helicopter Flying School.

January 2017 - Serbia is scheduled to receive the H145 helicopter to strengthen its fleet. These aircraft will be outfitted for various over-battlefield roles including SAR, MEDEVAC and surveillance.

May 2018 - Ukraine has inked a deal for a batch of H145 helicopters from Airbus.

June 2018 - The nation of Hungary has committed to purchase of twenty H145 helicopters. These will arrived equipped with Airbus' "HForce" common weapons platform and succeed an aging stock of Soviet-era Mil Mi-17 transports.






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Relative Maximum Speed Rating
Hi: 200mph
Lo: 100mph
    This entry's maximum listed speed (168mph).

    Graph average of 150 miles-per-hour.
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Unit Production Comparison
Comm. Market HI*: 44,000 units
Military Market HI**: 36,183 units
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  * Commercial Market High belongs to Cessna 172.

  ** Military Market High belongs to Ilyushin Il-2.


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Origin: France
Year: 2002
Type: Light / Medium Utility Helicopter
Manufacturer(s): Airbus Helicopters (Eurocopter) - France
Production: 750
Status: Active, In-Service
Global Operators:
Albania; Bolivia; Brazil; France; Germany; Hungary (ordered); Israel; Kazakhstan; Lithuania; Morocco; Peru; Philippines; Serbia; Switzerland; Ukraine; United Kingdom; United States
Historical Commitments / Honors:

Military lapel ribbon for Operation Allied Force
Military lapel ribbon for the Arab-Israeli War
Military lapel ribbon for the Battle of Britain
Military lapel ribbon for the Battle of Midway
Military lapel ribbon for the Berlin Airlift
Military lapel ribbon for the Chaco War
Military lapel ribbon for the Cold War
Military lapel ribbon for the Cuban Missile Crisis
Military lapel ribbon for the Falklands War
Military lapel ribbon for the French-Indochina War
Military lapel ribbon for the Golden Age of Flight
Military lapel ribbon for the 1991 Gulf War
Military lapel ribbon for the Indo-Pak Wars
Military lapel ribbon for the Iran-Iraq War
Military lapel ribbon for the Korean War
Military lapel ribbon for the 1982 Lebanon War
Military lapel ribbon for the Malayan Emergency
Military lapel ribbon for the attack on Pearl Harbor
Military lapel ribbon for the Six Day War
Military lapel ribbon for the Soviet-Afghan War
Military lapel ribbon for the Spanish Civil War
Military lapel ribbon for the Suez Crisis
Military lapel ribbon for the Vietnam War
Military lapel ribbon for Warsaw Pact of the Cold War-era
Military lapel ribbon for the WASP (WW2)
Military lapel ribbon for the World War 1
Military lapel ribbon for the World War 2
Military lapel ribbon for the Yom Kippur
* Ribbons not necessarily indicative of actual historical campaign ribbons. Ribbons are clickable to their respective campaigns/operations.
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Structural - Crew, Dimensions, and Weights:
Unless otherwise noted the presented statistics below pertain to the Airbus Helicopters H145 model. Common measurements, and their respective conversions, are shown when possible.

Operational
CREW


Personnel
2


Dimension
LENGTH


Feet
42.65 ft


Meters
13 m


Dimension
WIDTH


Feet
36.09 ft


Meters
11 m


Dimension
HEIGHT


Feet
11.32 ft


Meters
3.45 m


Weight
EMPTY


Pounds
8,818 lb


Kilograms
4,000 kg


Weight
LOADED


Pounds
17,417 lb


Kilograms
7,900 kg

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Installed Power - Standard Day Performance:
2 x Turbomeca Arriel 1E2 turboshaft engines developing 740 horsepower each and driving a four-bladed main rotor and shrouded tail rotor.

Performance
SPEED


Miles-per-Hour
168 mph


Kilometers-per-Hour
270 kph


Knots
146 kts


Performance
RANGE


Miles
531 mi


Kilometers
855 km


Nautical Miles
462 nm


Performance
CEILING


Feet
17,224 ft


Meters
5,250 m


Miles
3.26 mi


Performance
CLIMB RATE


Feet-per-Minute
1,600 ft/min


Meters-per-Minute
488 m/min

Armament - Hardpoints (0):

None.
Variants: Series Model Variants
• EC145 - Base Series Designation
• EC145 T2 - Modernized variant; upgraded avionics and uprated engines; new Fenestron shrouded tail rotor.
• EC645 T2 - Militarized EC145 T2 model
• UH-72 "Lakota" - U.S. military variant of the EC145.