Georgia orders three H145s
The Eurasian nation of Georgia has signed a contract with Airbus for the supply of three new H145 helicopters
The Georgian Ministry of Internal Affairs confirmed the order, costing approximately €26.5 million, on 20 December.
The aircraft will be delivered to the Georgian Border Police within 17 months of the contract’s signing (May 2024), with the remaining two expected for delivery by the end of that year.
The new helicopter will be equipped for firefighting and mountain rescue missions, with the H145 having the ‘capacity to perform police, transport and search and rescue operations’.
The contract also covers the provision of pilot and engineer training courses, spare parts and a three-year factory warranty.
As part of the contract, the Georgian government will hand over an existing AS332 L1e Super Puma which it has operated in the same role for a number of years. It estimates a saving of around €5.5 million off the cost of the new H145s.
The German state of Rhineland-Palatinate also ordered two new H145s for its police force earlier this year.