The Royal Thai Air Force (RTAF) has expanded its H225M purchase order with Airbus Helicopters, securing an additional four multi-role helicopters as part of its fleet strengthening. In total, the RTAF will receive 12 H225Ms by 2021.
The helicopters are set to be used for combat search-and-rescue missions, search-and-rescue flights and troop transport operations, and so will come equipped with emergency flotation gear, fast roping, cargo sling, search light and electro-optical systems. Two of the helicopters are due to arrive with the service by the end of 2018.
“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,” said Philippe Monteux, Head of Southeast Asia and Pacific region.
The new contract will also over on-site technical support and continuing airworthiness management organisation services completed by Airbus’ Thailand team.
“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,” added Monteux.