Navy receives 5 Airbus helicopters

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The Royal Thai Navy has taken delivery of five Airbus helicopters destined for use in search-and-rescue operations based out of Sattahip.

Pilots and crew demonstrate the effectiveness of one of five new helicopters delivered to Helicopter Squadron 2’s hangar in Ban Chang.
Pilots and crew demonstrate the effectiveness of one of five new helicopters delivered to Helicopter Squadron 2’s hangar in Ban Chang.

The Airbus Helicopter Co. EC645 T2s delivered to Helicopter Squadron 2’s hangar in Ban Chang were turned over to the Sattahip Naval Base Nov. 10.

The navy spent 58.2 million euros for the copters that will be deployed for rescues, patrols and other operations.

The EC645 T2 is a twin-engine light-utility helicopter developed and manufactured by Eurocopter, which was rebranded as Airbus Helicopters in 2014. It can carry up to nine passengers along with two crew members.

The helicopter is marketed for passenger transport, corporate transport, emergency medical services, search and rescue, parapublic and utility roles. It is suitable for training, logistics, medical evacuation, reconnaissance, light attack, and troop-transport operations.

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