Euro­copter to sup­ply four EC725 he­li­copters to Thai­land

SP's MAI - - AEROSPACE -

Acon­tract has been signed be­tween Euro­copter and the Royal Thai Air Force for the sup­ply of four EC725 he­li­copters, con­fig­ured for search and res­cue mis­sions. Air Mar­shal Pai­boon Sing­hamat of the Royal Thai Air Force, and Olivier Lam­bert, Euro­copter’s Se­nior Vice Pres­i­dent for Sales and Cus­tomer Re­la­tions.

“This lat­est en­dorse­ment un­der­scores the role of our EC725/ EC225 fam­ily as the he­li­copters of ref­er­ence in Asia for search & res­cue,” Lam­bert said. “It also marks a new step in Euro­copter’s ex­pan­sion of its ties with Thai­land as the coun­try moves ahead with the mod­erni­sa­tion pro­grammes for its he­li­copter fleets.”

De­liv­er­ies of the EC725, the twin-engine tac­ti­cal ro­tor­craft from Euro­copter’s suc­cess­ful Cougar fam­ily, will be in 2015.

“This con­tract for the EC725 will greatly en­hance the ca­pa­bil­i­ties of the Royal Thai Air Force, giv­ing us added reach and ef­fec­tive­ness in search and res­cue mis­sions,” stated Air Mar­shal Pai­boon Sing­hamat, Chair­man of the Pur­chas­ing Com­mit­tee.

The twin-engine EC725/EC225 rotary-wing air­craft fam­ily fea­tures high-per­for­mance nav­i­ga­tion and mis­sion sys­tems, in­clud­ing a unique dig­i­tal four-axis au­topi­lot. Of­fer­ing ex­cel­lent flight au­ton­omy, this pow­er­ful ma­chine is also great for tac­ti­cal trans­port as it has a large cabin with seat­ing for 25 per­sons. As a re­sult, the EC725 mil­i­tary ver­sion and its EC225 civil­ian/para­pub­lic vari­ant have be­come the ref­er­ence for civil and mil­i­tary search and res­cue, off­shore and pas­sen­ger trans­port mis­sions around the world.

Euro­copter al­ready is a he­li­copter sup­plier in Thai­land for mil­i­tary and law en­force­ment, hav­ing been se­lected for ac­qui­si­tions by the Royal Thai Army and Royal Thai Po­lice.

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