The Royal Malaysian Air Force will receive its first two Eurocopter EC725 helicopters in December, with deliveries of all 12 to be completed by January 2014.

Eurocopter disclosed the delivery plans for the type in an email to Flightglobal.

Four Malaysian pilots have started training for the EC725 in an EC225 simulator located in Aberdeen, Scotland. They will then move to France, where they will undertake ground courses in addition to simulator and in-flight training.



The EC725 is the military variant of the civilian EC225.

Eurocopter adds that its EC225 full flight simulator will commence commercial operations in early 2013 at Subang airport, which is located near Kuala Lumpur. It will be used to instruct both air force and civilian pilots.

Malaysia announced its decision to buy the EC725 in 2010.

Source: Flight International