Airbus has efficiently carried out the primary firing demonstration of a Rafael Spike ER2 anti-tank guided missile from an H145M medium helicopter as a part of the corporate’s wider effort to broaden the scope and functionality of the HForce generic weapons system (GWS) package deal. The demonstration occurred on the Cincu firing vary in Brasov, Romania. Amongst these in attendance have been delegations from Germany, North Macedonia and Serbia. Thus far, customers of the H145M are Hungary (20 Helicopters), Germany (15), Serbia (9), Thailand (5) and Luxembourg (2). In response to Airbus Helicopters, the helicopter may also be provided to the Romanian military.

In response to Airbus, as a part of the so-called “derisking” section, preliminary investigations have been carried out in January on the Cincu firing vary in Romania to evaluate the consequences of the missile launch on the helicopter. The following step is to combine the Spike anti-tank missile into the helicopter’s HForce system. Drawing on expertise with the Tiger assault helicopter, HForce is modular and incremental, and might be fitted onto any army model of Airbus’ industrial helicopter vary (H125M, H145M, H225M) to fulfill the necessities of defence businesses searching for gentle assault mission capabilities or a complement to their current fleet of specialized assault helicopters.


An H145M helicopter fires a Rafael Spike ER2 anti-tank guided missile throughout an illustration in Romania in January. (Photograph by Airbus)

The H145M (beforehand generally known as EC145 T2) is a multi-role twin-engine battlefield assist helicopter produced by Airbus Helicopters. It’s primarily meant to be used by army and legislation enforcement businesses. Outfitted with the HForce system, the H145M is already able to deploying a Wescam MX-15 electro-optical concentrating on system, a Scorpion helmet mounted sight show, a 12.7mm machine gun, a M621 20mm automated cannon, and laser-guided and unguided rockets as much as 70mm caliber. Anti-armor functionality might be supplied by integrating SPIKE ER2 missile to the helicopter’s armament. The H145M carried out its first flight with HForce weapon administration system in September 2017.

Spike is an anti-tank guided missile and anti-personnel missile with a tandem-charge HEAT warhead, developed and designed by the Israeli firm Rafael Superior Protection Techniques. In August 2018, Rafael disclosed the event of an enhancement of the missile referred to as the Spike-ER II. It retains the identical weight, airframe, floor geometries, and propulsion unit however introduces a two-way RF data-link to extend real-time management to an prolonged vary of 16 km (9.9 mi) from helicopters; it additionally has an prolonged fiber optic hyperlink to extend vary to 10 km (6.2 mi) from land and naval platforms. It was designed to be mounted on fight autos, helicopters and naval vessels.