Airbus Helicopters has been awarded a contract to supply EC145 T2 light-utility helicopters to the Royal Thai Army.
The company will supply six EC145 T2 helicopters with a VIP installation, primarily for official passenger transport missions.
Claimed to be the newest and most powerful model in Airbus’ proven EC145 light twin-engine helicopter family, the EC145 T2s have been acquired under the army’s light-utility helicopter type II requirement.
Airbus Helicopters South East Asia & Pacific Region head Philippe Monteux said: "By acquiring the EC145 T2, the Royal Thai Army again demonstrates its confidence in Airbus Helicopters’ products and services, following the successful entry into service of the AS550 C3e armed reconnaissance helicopters in 2014 and the imminent delivery of the UH-72A Lakota light-utility helicopters from the US."
Powered by two Turbomeca Arriel 2E engines, the EC645 T2 can be used for a range of military operations, including transportation, reconnaissance, search and rescue and fire support, as well as evacuation of wounded soldiers in treacherous weather conditions.
It can be airlifted in an Airbus A400M military transport aircraft and quickly prepared for missions upon arrival in the theatre of operations.
Dual-channel, full authority digital engine control and a modern digital cockpit with full night-vision are included, as is a four-axis autopilot, ballistic protective equipment and an electronic countermeasures system to detects threats.
Additional equipment includes electro-optical sensors, a self-protection system, Fenestron shrouded tail rotors for operations in confined landing sites and advanced communication equipment, including tactical radios for interoperability with Nato forces.
Deliveries are scheduled to start in 2016.
Image: The Royal Thai Army will use EC145 T2 helicopters for passenger transport missions. Photo: courtesy of Airbus Helicopters.