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Spotlight on H225M as Malaysian PM Visits Airbus Helicopters Booth

Our Bureau - : May 8, 2024 - : 9:09 am

As far as high-profile visits go, this one was right up there on the list.

After speaking at the opening ceremony of the ongoing show, Malaysia’s Prime Minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim stopped by the Airbus Helicopters booth, along with the country’s Minister of Home Affairs Datuk Seri Saifuddin Nasution Ismail. Vincent Dubrule, Head of Asia Pacific at Airbus Helicopters, gave the two dignitaries a detailed presentation about the merits of the combat-proven multi-role H225M helicopter, which is one of the mainstays of the Royal Malaysian Air Force (RMAF) fleet. Burhanudin Noordin Ali, Airbus Chief Representative for Malaysia, was also present.

In March this year, RMAF’s H225M fleet, known locally as EC725 Caracal, crossed a major landmark by achieving 30,000 flight hours – one of the highest in Asia-Pacific. The service’s 12-strong H225M fleet has been in service since 2012, with the helicopters being used for various exercises and humanitarian missions, including flood rescue and lifesaving operations.

Airbus Helicopters has an ironclad grip on the Malaysian market, having delivered about 50% of the 190 helicopters currently in service throughout the country. The 11-metric-tonne H225M helicopter has proven to be popular across regions with 10 military forces worldwide using more than 170 of the type. Over 40 H225M helicopters are currently on order. Apart from Malaysia, the company has three other military customers – Indonesia, Singapore, and Thailand – in the Asia Pacific region.

The H225M is capable of operating both from ships and land, even in icing conditions. It has an all-weather capability supported by night vision goggle compatibility. The helicopter, which is powered by two Makila 2A1 turboshaft engines, has a 700 nautical mile range can be extended with air-to-air or hover in-flight refuelling capabilities.

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