To Royal Thai Navy

India Strategic - - EXERCISE RED FLAG -

ONAUWÖRTH , GER­MANY. Wi t h suc­cess­ful tech­ni­cal ac­cep­tance on April 29, Air­bus He­li­copters has handed over the first two of five light­weight mil­i­tary multi-role H145M he­li­copters to the Royal Thai Navy. This marks an im­por­tant mile­stone in the H145M pro­gramme on its way to the fi­nal ac­cep­tance and en­try into ser­vice in Thai­land at the end of 2016. A del­e­ga­tion from the Royal Thai Navy and Air­bus He­li­copters Ger­many CEO Wolf­gang Schoder par­tic­i­pated in the cer­e­mony at Air­bus He­li­copters´ Donauwörth site.

“Af­ter the H145M made its mar­ket en­try with the Ger­man Air Force at the end of last year, we are very proud that the Royal Thai Navy has be­come an­other op­er­a­tor of the new H145M”, said Wolf­gangS­choder. “The he­li­copter is the most ad­vanced so­lu­tion for the in­creas­ingly chal­leng­ing de­mands of our mil­i­tary cus­tomers in mod­ern­day mis­sions. It com­bines state-ofthe- art tech­nolo­gies, out­stand­ing per­for­mance and true multi- role ca­pa­bil­i­ties while main­tain­ing very high ver­sa­til­ity and low op­er­at­ing costs.”

The H145M is the mil­i­tary ver­sion of the civil H145 that en­tered ser­vice in mid-2014 and has re­cently reached the mile­stone of 15,000 fly­ing hours in cus­tomer op­er­a­tions. With a max­i­mum take-off weight of 3.7 tonnes, the H145M can be used for a wide range of mil­i­tary op­er­a­tions in­clud­ing naval, util­ity, re­con­nais­sance, search and res­cue, med­i­cal evac­u­a­tion and armed scout. The Royal Thai Navy H145M is equipped with Multi-Pur­pose Py­lons incl. aero­dy­namic fair­ings, cargo hooks, hoists, HF sys­tem for SAR op­er­a­tions, weather radar, in­ter­nal long range fuel tank sys­tem and fixed pro­vi­sions for fu­ture spe­cial op­er­a­tions up­grade.

These two H145M he­li­copters will stay in Ger­many for pi­lot train­ing at Air­bus He­li­copters’ Train­ing Academy. All he­li­copters are sched­uled for de­liv­ery in Thai­land by Septem­ber 2016.

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