Thailand Joins H135 Military Training Operators

 In Singapore, ASEAN, GDI, Air

SINGAPORE: AirbusHelicoptershas signed an order for six H135 mil­i­tary train­ing heli­copters with the Royal Thai Air Force (RTAF) as part of its pilot train­ing enhance­ment pro­gramme. The very first mil­i­tary train­ing heli­copters ever ordered by the RTAF, these new twin-engine H135s will be utilised for an array of train­ing mis­sions, includ­ing ab-initio flight train­ing. They will com­ple­ment the RTAF’s exist­ing H225M fleet, bring­ing its Airbus fleet to 18 units.

According to an Airbus offi­cial, the con­tract for the pro­cure­ment of heli­copters was inked late last year.

“The FAA IFR-cer­ti­fied H135 is well-regard­ed by mil­i­tary cus­tomers world­wide for its ver­sa­til­i­ty, excel­lent per­for­mance and reli­a­bil­i­ty, which explains our full con­fi­dence that this heli­copter is the per­fect plat­form for the Air Force’s train­ing needs,” said Fabrice Rochereau, Airbus Helicopters’ Head of Sales, Asia-Pacific.

“We look for­ward for the H135 enhanc­ing the train­ing capa­bil­i­ty of the Royal Thai Air Force from 2021 onwards, where one of its pilots will learn to fly a heli­copter through the H135 train­er, and smooth­ly tran­sits to more com­plex heli­copters,” he added.

With over 130 units oper­at­ed by mil­i­tary agen­cies world­wide for train­ing mis­sions, the three-ton plat­form is a bench­mark for mil­i­tary train­ing heli­copters glob­al­ly, having already achieved more than 320,000 mil­i­tary train­ing flight hours. This new order expands the global fleet to 11 mil­i­tary cus­tomers.

Equipped with Airbus Helicopters’ state-of-the-art Helionix avion­ics suite, the H135 offers opti­mal safety con­di­tions for basic and advanced mis­sion train­ing, while pro­vid­ing a plat­form for easy and safe pilot tran­si­tion onto more advanced heli­copters.

In addi­tion, the Royal Thai Air Force’s H135s will each be con­fig­ured with two exter­nal cam­eras, pro­vid­ing pilots with a 360° view of the exter­nal envi­ron­ment They will also be equipped with tac­ti­cal sys­tems and the Euronav7 moving map, enhanc­ing the sit­u­a­tion­al aware­ness while offer­ing the high­est levels of func­tion­al­i­ty, inter­face capa­bil­i­ty, and flex­i­bil­i­ty to meet the Air Force’s demand­ing mis­sion require­ments. Additionally, the H135S will be fitted with air-con­di­tion­ing sys­tems, tinted win­dows, and height-adjustable pilot seats for enhanced com­fort.      

This latest con­tract includes com­pre­hen­sive main­te­nance sup­port under the HCare Smart full-by-the-hour pro­gramme and con­tin­u­ing air­wor­thi­ness man­age­ment organ­i­sa­tion ser­vices.

The Royal Thai Air Force will ben­e­fit from the sup­port of the Airbus Helicopters Thailand team, pro­vid­ing access to a ded­i­cat­ed local pool of parts to ensure max­i­mum reac­tiv­i­ty. As part of the HCare con­tract, Airbus Helicopters will pro­vide the cus­tomer with all parts needed for the main­te­nance of the air­craft, guar­an­tee­ing the high­est level of avail­abil­i­ty for this fleet.      

Source: Asian Defence Journal

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