Thailand has ordered five Airbus Helicopter EC645 T2s and two EC725s to enhance the airborne capabilities of both its navy and air force, as announced on Wednesday 22 October 2014.
The Royal Thai Navy signed for five EC645 T2s to be deployed on transport duties and other missions, with deliveries scheduled to begin in 2016. Its purchase represents the first export order of this militarized version of the EC145 T2, which is the newest and most powerful model in Airbus Helicopters’ EC145 light twin-engine helicopter family. The EC645 T2 (MTOW 3.7 tons) features a modern digital cockpit and a 4-axis autopilot.
The Royal Thai Air Force’s is adding two EC725 helos to its original order of four such choppers, specialized in SAR/CSAR missions. The Thai EC725 will operate with Wing 2 at Lop Buri Air Base. First deliveries are scheduled for next year.
The EC725 is a 11 tons, twin-engine helicopter with a digital 4-axis autopilot and five-blade composite main rotor. It can perform multiple missions that range from combat search and rescue, long-range tactical transport and aeromedical transport to logistic support and naval duties. The type is currently operated by France, Brazil, Mexico, Malaysia, Thailand and soon in Indonesia as well.
Source: Airbus Helicopters