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Royal Thai Army Helicopter

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Royal Thai Army Helicopter
Royal Thai Army Helicopter

The fleet of Royal Thai Army helicopter are consists of Bell AH-1F Huey Cobra Attack helicopter, Eurocopter Fennec AS550 C3 Light Attack helicopter, Sikorsky UH-60L/M Blackhawk (S-70A-43) Utility helicopter, AgustaWestland AW149 Utility helicopter, Bell UH-1H Iroquois Utility helicopter, Bell 212 Utility helicopter, Eurocopter UH-72A Lakota Utility helicopter, Eurocopter EC145 VIP transport helicopter, Mil Mi-17-V5 Transport helicopter and Boeing CH-47D Chinook Transport helicopter. There once was a plan to replace UH-1H “Huey” by 33 Black Hawk, but the budget crisis from 1997 Asian Financial Crisis forced RTA to cut the number into only 7. Based on the original requirement in 2006, there was a requirment for 9 utility helicopter, with the helicopter required the same standard with Black Hawk. The Royal Thai Armed Forces plan to replace outdated Boeing CH-47 Chinook helicopters produced in the United States with Russia’s Mi-17V5 helicopters. A military source said that the army proposed buying a total of 12 Mi-17V5 helicopters and is awaiting approval from the cabinet, which will assess the size of the budget to be allocated for this purpose.

Royal Thai Army Helicopter
Royal Thai Army Helicopter

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