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Airbus Highlights Defence Partnership with Thailand

Airbus is showcasing its range of defence, space, and helicopter products and services at the ongoing show. Over the last decades, Airbus has developed a successful cooperation with Thailand and the company is showcasing scale models of its high-performance H145M, the multi-mission H175, the combat-proven H225M, the new-generation A400M military airlifter, the highly-versatile C295, as well as the THEOS-2 earth observation satellite.

The C295 turboprop aircraft is operated by the Royal Thai Army (RTA) for cargo and troop transport missions. The RTA also operates the H125M and H145 helicopters for armed reconnaissance and utility missions, respectively.

H225M helicopters are operational with the Royal Thai Air Force (RTAF) in the Combat Search and Rescue (CSAR) role.

The Royal Thai Navy operates a fleet of H145M as transport helicopters.

The AS365 N3+, H155 and H175 helicopters are used by the Royal Thai Police for Search and Rescue (SAR) and passenger transport. Thai Police also use the  CN235 for troop transport and parachuting training.

Thailand’s THEOS-1 Earth observation satellite was also developed and built by Airbus. The satellite was launched in 2008. This satellite will continue to deliver high quality imagery four years after its expected end of life, is used for missions including agricultural and coastal monitoring, forestry management, and flood risk management. THEOS-2 based on Airbus’ AstroBus-S satellite, and can deliver 0.5m ground resolution imagery, is scheduled to be launched in 2021.

Thailand is also the location of an Airbus Flight Operations Services Centre and a regional Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul (MRO) centre for helicopters, employing a total of over 90 highly qualified technicians and engineers.

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