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Hungary buys 16 multifunctional Airbus helicopters

The Hungarian Ministry of Defense has ordered 16 Airbus H225M multifunctional helicopters with weapons systems, the Chinese Xinhua News Agency ( reported, citing a statement from the Ministry of Defense.

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Along with the helicopters, Airbus will also provide a comprehensive training and service package for Hungary for the "highest level of operation and availability," the ministry said.

The Hungarian Army will now have a helicopter fleet composed entirely of highly cost-effective H145M and H225M aircraft. These helicopters can be deployed in all military situations; as a lightweight tactical means of transportation, they can carry out combat detection tasks, and rescue or offensive ground operations as well, according to the MoD statement.

The Airbus H225M is a long-range tactical transport military helicopter developed from the Eurocopter AS532 Cougar for military use. It is a twin-engine aircraft and can carry up to 29 seated troops along with two crew, depending on customer configuration. Its top speed is 324 km/h, with a range of 857 kms.

The H225M helicopters selected by the Hungarian government are equipped with state-of-the-art communication technology, which can be used for transportation, tactical and rescue operations, as well as for deploying special units, said.