Eurocopter receives Royal Thai Air Force award
Eurocopter is to supply four EC725 helicopters to the Royal Thai Air Force (RTAF) under a new contract signed on 18 September. The aircraft will be configured for search and rescue missions as part of the RTAF’s helicopter modernisation programme.
Deliveries of the EC725, the twin-engine tactical rotorcraft from Eurocopter's successful Cougar family, will be in 2015.
The twin-engine EC725/EC225 rotary-wing aircraft family features ‘high-performance navigation and mission systems, including a unique digital four-axis autopilot’. Offering advanced flight autonomy, the aircraft can also be used for tactical transport as it has a large cabin with seating for 25 persons.
The agreement was signed by Air Marshal Paiboon Singhamat of the RTAF, and Olivier Lambert, Eurocopter’s senior vice president for sales and customer relations.
Air Marshal Paiboon Singhamat said of the contract: ‘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’.
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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