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August 25, 2015

Airbus delivers four EC725 helicopters to Royal Thai Air Force

Airbus Helicopters has delivered the first batch of four EC725 helicopters to the Royal Thai Air Force, enhancing the country's search and rescue as well as troop transport capabilities.


Airbus Helicopters has delivered the first batch of four EC725 helicopters to the Royal Thai Air Force, enhancing the country’s search-and-rescue as well as troop transport capabilities.

The new helicopters, delivered under a contract signed in 2012, are expected to be operational with the air force later this month.

Airbus Helicopters Sales and Customer Relations Asia Pacific vice-president Fabrice Rochereau said: "With Thailand’s investment in the modernisation of its aircraft inventory, the EC725s will become a formidable asset in the Royal Thai Air Force’s helicopter fleet."

Thailand also ordered two additional EC725s in 2014 and the delivery of these helicopters is scheduled next year.

A derivative of Eurocopter’s AS 532 Cougar, the EC725 is a long-range tactical transport helicopter designed for troop transport, casualty evacuation, CSAR, maritime surveillance, humanitarian support, medical evacuation and shipborne missions.

The helicopter is equipped with a modern digital cockpit, a four-axis autopilot, and a Fenestron shrouded tail rotor landings and takeoffs in confined landing sites and during loading / unloading on the ground while the rotor is turning.

Airbus Helicopters Southeast Asia managing director Derek Sharples said: "We welcome the Royal Thai Air Force as a new Airbus Helicopters operator.

"They can count on our full resources to support the successful deployment of the aircraft, and proximity services from our Thailand-based customer centre."

The new Thai helicopters are customised for combat search and rescue (CSAR) missions, SAR flights, troop transport operations and other tasks.

Image: A new EC725s of Royal Thai Air Force. Photo: © Airbus Helicopters.

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