The Royal Thai Air Force Will Add Four New Airbus H225M Helicopters to Its Fleet
Thailand (BulgarianMilitary.com) – The global leader in aeronautics, space and related services Airbus Helicopters announced on 20th Septemeber 2018 that the company has received an additional order from the Royal Thai Air Force (RTAF) for supplying four H225M multirole utility helicopters, as well as for provision of on-site technical support and continuing airworthiness management organization services, completely supported by the team of Airbus in Thailand, learned BulgarianMilitary.com
The head of Southeast Asia and Pacific region Philippe Monteux commented, “The H225Ms have served the Royal Thai Air Force well since the delivery of its first batch in 2015, and we are truly honoured by this renewed order, underscoring their continued trust and confidence in our helicopters and the committed support to their fleet. With its proven versatility, reliability and endurance, we know that the H225 will continue to capably fulfil the most challenging missions. RTAF can count on our Thailand-based customer centre for continued availability of the fleet.”
This follow-on order is part of the fleet strengthening programme and by 2021 it will increase the existing fleet of six H225Ms of the RTAF to 12 units. Two more H225M helicopters will be received by the Air Force under an earlier order till the end of this year.
The four new multirole H225M helicopters will be specially equipped with search light, electro-optical systems, emergency flotation gear, fast roping, and cargo sling. They will be used for search and rescue flights, troop transport operations, as well as in combat search and rescue missions.
The 11-ton-category twin-turbine H225M helicopters may also be adapted so that to suit any role by integration of the relevant equipment. The H225M features the renowned 4-axis autopilot system, state-of-the-art electronic instruments, outstanding endurance and fast cruise speed. As of the moment, the approximately 90 units in service, has achieved 100,700 flight hours.
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