Thailand has ordered four more H225M (previously designated EC725) multirole helicopters to augment the eight already procured, Airbus Helicopters announced on 20 September.
The order comes on the back of the initial order for four helicopters in 2012 (received in 2015), two more in 2014 (received in 2016), and two in 2016 (to be received by the end of this year). These additional four helicopters are set to be handed over by 2021.
The EC725 is an 11-tonne twin-engine helicopter that can carry up to 28 people. The Royal Thai Air Force (Kongtap Agard Thai – RTAF) H225Ms are configured for the combat search-and-rescue, search-and-rescue, and troop transportation roles primarily. The introduction of the platform will enable the RTAF to retire its ageing Bell UH-1H ‘Huey’ helicopters that have been in service since 1968.