Bangkok has ordered four additional Airbus Helicopters H225M heavy-twin rotorcraft for use by the Royal Thai Air Force.

The follow-on order will see the service operating 12 examples by 2021, says the airframer.

“The H225Ms have served the Royal Thai Air Force well since the delivery of its first batch in 2015, and we are truly honoured by this renewed order, underscoring their continued trust and confidence in our helicopters and the committed support to their fleet,” says Philippe Monteux, head of the Southeast Asia and Pacific region for Airbus Helicopters.

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So far, the air force has six in-service H225Ms from its previous order, with two more to arrive before the end of 2018.

Optimised for combat search and rescue missions with emergency flotation gear, fast roping equipment, a cargo sling, a searchlight, and electro-optical systems, the Caracals are also used for troop transport operations.