The Royal Thai Police (RTP) has taken delivery
of its first of two Airbus AS365 N3+ Helicopters.
Configured for search and rescue (SAR) missions,
the AS365 N3+ is outfitted with equipment including electrical
hoist, rappelling installation, cargo sling and search lights.
“This new acquisition is part of RTP’s
modernization program to reinforce our capability to protect and
serve the people. This helicopter will be particularly useful in
rescue activities as well as in supporting our traditional police
missions such as border protection, anti-smuggling and
anti-terrorism,” said an RTP spokesperson.
RTP’s Airbus Helicopters fleet currently comprises five EC155s
from the Dauphin family, which have been in operation since 2009
as Royal transport aircraft.
To boost their SAR capabilities, the
RTP placed an order for two units of the AS365 N3+, another medium
class helicopter from the Dauphin family, in 2012 and 2013
The first aircraft arrived in Bangkok on
the second unit is due to be delivered mid-2015.
“The RTP’s acquisition of the AS365 N3+ demonstrates their
confidence in our Dauphin helicopters, which have also served many other law enforcement agencies around the world,”
said Derek Sharples, Managing Director of Airbus Helicopters Southeast Asia.
“Besides benefiting from Airbus Helicopters’ Bangkok-based support centre, RTP will also receive high quality training in nearby
Singapore where the AS365 N3+ full-flight simulator is located.”
Well adapted for operations in hot climates and high
altitudes, the AS365 N3+ features a 4-axis autopilot to
ease crew workload and help simplify the most demanding missions,
including search and rescue. Its compact size and exceptional maneuverability allow police forces to operate in the
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