Seventh and Eighth (of Twelve) Aircraft for Transport, SAR and CSAR
Airbus Helicopters announced on 24 October that the Royal Thai Air Force (RTAF) has received two more H225M (previously EC725) multirole utility helicopters.
Since 2012, the RTAF has placed orders for a total of 12 H225Ms under its fleet modernisation programme. Belonging to a contract signed in 2016, these two new additions will join the air force’s existing fleet of six H225Ms for combat search and rescue (CSAR), search and rescue (SAR) flights and troop transport missions.
The 11t-category twin-turbine H225M is relied upon as a force multiplier by many air forces worldwide, thanks to its outstanding endurance and fast cruise speed. Featuring state-of-the-art electronic instruments and the renowned 4-axis autopilot system, the multirole helicopter may be fitted with various equipment to suit almost any role. Close to 90 aircraft are currently in service in six countries across the globe, surpassing the 100,000 flight hour milestone.