Offshore services provider Babcock International has introduced the first two Airbus Helicopters H175 rotorcraft to be deployed in the southern hemisphere.

The helicopters will operate from Dili, Timor Leste to provide transport, search and rescue, and medical evacuation services in the Timor Sea, says Airbus Helicopters in a statement.

Babcock H175

Airbus Helicopters

The two helicopters were initially transported to Australia in an Antonov cargo aircraft so that they could enter service on 1 January 2018.

Airbus worked with Babcock to train 27 pilots an engineers for the H175. A further 19 Timorese will provide support in Dili.