Airbus Helicopters has secured an additional order of four H225M multirole utility helicopters from the Royal Thai Air Force (RTAF), as part of the fleet strengthening programme.
This follow-on order will bring the RTAF’s H225M fleet to 12 units by 2021.
Specially equipped with emergency flotation gear, fast roping, cargo sling, search light and electro-optical systems, these four new multirole H225M helicopters will join RTAF’s existing fleet of six H225Ms for combat search and rescue missions, search and rescue flights and troop transport operations. The air force will also be receiving two H225Ms from its earlier order, by end of this year.
This latest contract will also cover on-site technical support and continuing airworthiness management organisation services, fully supported by Airbus’ Thailand team.
“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,” said Philippe Monteux, Head of Southeast Asia and Pacific region.
Featuring state-of-the-art electronic instruments and the renowned 4-axis autopilot system, the 11-ton-catergory twin-turbine H225M offers outstanding endurance and fast cruise speed, and may be fitted with various equipment to suit any role. Close to 90 units are in service, achieving 100,700 flight hours to-date.
Airbus Helicopters makes progress in the experimentation of its Project EAGLE (Eye for Autonomous Guidance and Landing Extension), with the in-flight validation of the on-board image processing system. Performed on an H225 flying testbed, the trials have demonstrated the systems ability to select asmall ground “target” from ranges of up to 2 miles and to automatically track it during the approach performed by the pilot
Airbus Helicopters has been awarded a contract from South Korea's National 119 Rescue Headquarters for the purchase of two additional H225 helicopters. The National 119 Rescue Headquarters currently operates an all-Airbus helicopter fleet comprising two AS365 N2 and two H225
Saab has received a contract from Airbus Helicopters to provide its IDAS integrated electronic warfare self-protection systems for H225M Caracal multirole utility helicopters. Saabs Integrated Defensive Aids Suite (IDAS) protects the crew by enhancing platform survivability in sophisticated, diverse and dense threat environments
Royal Thai Air Force (RTAF) has ordered two additional mission-ready twin-engine EC725 (now marketed as the H225M Caracal) multirole utility helicopters that are equipped with fast roping, cargo sling, search light and electro-optical systems (EOS). The order is part of the continuation of its fleet strengthening programme agreement launched in 2012
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