Thailand has ordered four more Airbus H225M twin-engine, medium lift, Helicopters from the European manufacturer, bringing the entire variety of helicopters ordered with the country to 12.

According to a announcement by Airbus, these four helicopters will likely be brought to Thailand in 2021. They will join the six helicopters already in service by the Royal Thai Air Force, with another two H225Ms ordered in 2016 on account to be received by Thailand later this year.

Airbus says that the helicopters will likely be fitted with emergency flotation gear, fast roping, cargo sling, search light and electro-optical systems. The announcement added that this latest contract will also cover on-site tech support team and continuing airworthiness management organization services, fully sustained by Airbus’ Thailand team.

Thailand uses its H225Ms primarily like a troop transport, replacing the Bell UH-1 within the role it have been serving in because the late 1960s. The twin-engine, 11-ton (25,000-lb) rated H225M can carry a maximum of 28 troops, greater than double capacity of its predecessor.

“The H225Ms have served the Royal Thai Air Force well since delivery of its first batch in 2015, so we are truly honored with that renewed order, underscoring their continued trust and confidence within our helicopters and the committed support to their fleet,” says Philippe Monteux, head of the Southeast Asia and Pacific region for Airbus Helicopters.

The H225M has been a popular choice for southeast Asian military, with Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore operating or having ordered alongside Thailand. The civilian H225 version can be operated through the coast guard and military of Japan, Taiwan and Vietnam mainly inside search-and-rescue role, with Japan’s Ground Self-Defense Force also utilizing it as VIP transports.

About Airbus Helicopters

Airbus Helicopters is a division of Airbus Group. The company provides the most popular civilian and military helicopter to its customers who serve, protect, save lives and safely carry passengers in highly demanding environments. Flying more than 3 million flight hours per year, the company’s in-service fleet includes some 12,000 helicopters operated by a lot more than 3,000 customers in 152 countries. Airbus Helicopters employs greater than 23,000 people worldwide as well as in 2014 generated revenues of 6.5 billion Euros. In line with the company’s new identity, fully built-into Airbus Group, Airbus Helicopters has renamed its product range replacing the previous “EC” designation having an “H”.

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