On 4 March 2021, the Romanian Unitatea Speciala de Aviatie / SMURD received the first three H135P3Hs. SMURD is an emergency rescue service, the name is Romanian acronym for "Serviciul Mobil de Urgență, Reanimare și Descarcerare", which means Mobile Emergency Service for Resuscitation and Extrication.
The contract for the H135s was signed in July 2019 and total deliveries could go up to ten helicopters as well as support services associated with air medical operations and search and rescue missions (SAR) in the country. The contract for the SMURD helicopters are part of Project Vision 2020 related to infrastructure adaptation to climate change, prevention and risk management. The specific objective is the increase of level of preparedness for a rapid and efficient disaster response of intervention crews.
The General Aviation Inspectorate of the Ministry of Interior allocated a budget of 213 Million euros of which 85% from European non-reimbursable funds and 15% from the state budget. The objectives of this project are represented by the acquisition of the six H135s and 6 medium / heavy naval helicopters. The next three H135s for SMURD are scheduled to be delivered mid 2021.
The high-end event was attended by the minister of internal affairs, Lucian Nicolae Bode, the ambassador of France to Romania, Mrs. Laurence Auer, the ambassador of Germany to Romania, Mr. Cord Meier-Klodt, Secretary of State in the Ministry of European Investments and projects, Mr. Marius-Mihai Vasiliu, Head of the Department for Emergency situations, Mr. Dr. Raed Arafat, Inspector General of IGSU, Major General Dan-Paul Iamandi, as well as representatives from Airbus Helicopters Romania.
Photos: Inspectoratul General de Aviatie al M.A.I.