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The Bundeswehr rents helicopters of the type H135 for the training and further education of the helicopter driver officers (HFO) of the army. In a performance-related contract, ADAC Luftfahrt Technik is to provide up to 5,440 flight hours per year with seven helicopters in Bückeburg at the location of the International Helicopter Training Center of the German Armed Forces.

The contractual services are to begin as soon as possible and are initially planned until 2024. 62.6 million euros are planned for this. An extension of up to three years until the end of 2027 is planned, depending on requirements.

Lots of identical contracts for comparable periods with a total volume of 54.5 million euros are to be concluded for the training of the Air Force and Navy HFOs.

The practical part of the basic training of the HFO requires, in addition to training in simulators, a certain number of flight hours with real helicopters in order to acquire or receive the corresponding flight licenses. In order to avoid (valuable) emergency aircraft being used for this purpose, the Bundeswehr has been using the EC135 training helicopter since 2000, which is now reaching the end of its useful life. The increasing need for flight hours had already led to the purchase of flight hours from ADAC Luftfahrt Technik in 2018.

Gemietete H135 für die Ausbildung von Luftfahrzeugführern

In the future, the task will be taken over by the “light support / multi-purpose helicopter for the armed forces” (LUH SK), the introduction of which is planned for 2025. The flight hour requirement in the transition is to be covered with the rental solution H135. The contract design enables a flexible service call depending on the inflow and distribution of the LUH SK.

After the basic training, the young HFOs are trained on the respective deployment samples. As soon as the flight authorization has been acquired, the task forces take over the tactical training until the pilots are “Combat Ready” available for missions.

Gerhard Heiming