The Royal Thai Air Force has contracted Airbus Helicopters for the delivery of six H135 training helicopters as part of the country’s pilot training enhancement program.
These are the first military training helicopters ordered by the Royal Thai Air Force, and will be used for an array of training missions, including ab-initio flight training.
The twin-engine H135s will complement the Royal Thai Air Force’s existing H225M fleet, bringing its Airbus fleet to 18 units.
“We are extremely honored by the Royal Thai Air Force’s decision to expand its training fleet with the H135” Airbus Helicopters’ Fabrice Rochereau commented.
“We look forward to the H135 enhancing the training capability of the Royal Thai Air Force from 2021 onwards, where every one of its pilots will learn to fly a helicopter through the H135 trainer,” he added.
Equipped with the Helionix avionics suite, the H135 will provide both training safety and a platform for a transition to 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-degree view of the external environment. They will also be equipped with tactical systems and the Euronav7 moving map.
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. As part of the HCare contract, Airbus Helicopters will provide Thailand with all parts needed for the maintenance of the aircraft.