The Royal Malaysian Air Force (RMAF) together with Airbus held a ceremony at the Kuantan Air Base to honour RMAF for being the H225M military operator that logged the highest accumulated number of flight hours in Asia.
The event was attended by Chief of Air Force, General Ackbal bin Hj Abdul Samad and Deputy Chief of Air Force, Lieutenant General Mohd Asghar Khan bin Goriman Khan. Vincent Dubrule, Head of Region, Airbus Helicopters Asia Pacific presented the Air Force Chief with the award to commemorate this milestone. Also present was Gerard Pau, Managing Director of Airbus Helicopters Malaysia and Chief Operating Officer of Airbus Helicopters, Asia Pacific and Raymond Lim, Airbus Chief Country Representative Malaysia.
The Royal Malaysian Air Force’s H225M pilots who have achieved 2,000, 1,500, 1,000 and 500 flight hours respectively on the H225M helicopter were also presented with flight hour achievement awards at the event, an Airbus Helicopters statement said Feb 23.
The Royal Malaysian Air Force’s fleet of 12 H225M helicopters has been in service since 2012. Designed for the most demanding missions, these H225Ms have participated in various exercises and humanitarian missions, including flood rescue and lifesaving operations. Together they have achieved over 20,000 flight hours.
A combat-proven multi-purpose and versatile asset, the H225M enables military forces to deploy wherever and whenever needed. Currently, 125 H225Ms are in service across the world. Besides Malaysia, the H225M is relied upon by Brazil, France, Indonesia, Mexico, Kuwait, Singapore and Thailand to support their most demanding missions. It was reported that the service has a requirement for up to 36 multi-role helicopters to meet the demands of military operations and Humanitarian and Disaster Relief (HADR) roles in the archipelagic southeast Asian nation, as the 12 multi-role helicopters in service with the RMAF was initially planned to be the first batch with more to come. – adj/mhi/mgm (Image: Airbus Helicopters)