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Thai Army puts faith in Leonardo

18th December 2016 - 16:40 GMT | by Sompong Nondhasa in Bangkok

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In December Leonardo Helicopters delivered six AW139s to the Royal Thai Army (RTA), giving it a total of ten units in service. Additionally, the RTA has ordered five AW149 helicopters to replace aging UH-1Hs that are being phased out of service.

The six AW139s were ordered last year for $80 million to serve the 1st Aviation Battalion, Army Aviation Centre for utility and general transport missions. This battalion also has UH-1H, UH-1H gunships and H125M platforms in service.

The RTA started buying AW139s in 2012, with the first two units ordered for $37 million now in the Department of

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Sompong, a Thai national living in Bangkok, is a fulltime photojournalist and editor of the …

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