The first photos of Philippine Coast Guard (PCG)’s upcoming new Airbus Helicopters H145 light twin engine helicopter were uploaded in MaxDefense Philippines Facebook page.
In September 2018, Airbus announced that the Philippine government ordered the first H145 for government use.
“We are honoured by the Philippine Coast Guard’s decision to introduce the country’s first parapublic H145 into its fleet, as the perfect complement to the current workhorse BO105 which has served the agency well for the past 40 years. We have full confidence in the H145’s ability to support the agency’s work, coupled with our dedicated in-country customer centre which stays committed to supporting its operations in close proximity,” said Head of Southeast Asia and Pacific of Airbus Helicopters Philippe Monteux in September 2018.
H145 is a 4-tonne-class twin-engine helicopter specially equipped with high frequency radios, emergency flotation gear, fast roping, cargo sling, search light, and electro-optical systems to perform critical missions including search and rescue, medical evacuation, maritime patrol and law enforcement.