Thai air force orders more H225 multirole utility helicopters

The Royal Thai Air Force has ordered four more units of H225M (previously known as EC725) multirole utility helicopters from Airbus Helicopters, the European aircraft manufacturer said.

“[T]hese 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,” Airbus said.

Airbus said these helicopters are specially equipped with emergency flotation gear, fast roping, cargo sling, search light and electro-optical systems.

“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.

Airbus said the 11-ton-category twin-turbine H225M offers outstanding endurance and fast cruise speed featuring state-of-the-art electronic instruments and the renowned 4-axis autopilot system.