ERJ-135 of the Thailand (photo : Flight International)
The Royal Thai Navy (RTN) has entered a contract with Embraer to procure the Embraer Regional Jet (ERJ) 135. It will bring the number of ERJ 135 Jets ordered by the RTN to two, and the total number ordered by The Royal Thai Armed Forces to four.
The RTN originally acquired their first ERJ 135 in November 2007; with the Royal Thai Army also acquiring their first in 2007, and their second in early 2009.
The contract with Embraer will include a logistical package and provisions for Medical Evacuation (MEDEVAC) installation kit.
The Royal Thai Armed Forces are the first country in the Southeast Asia region to acquire the jet for military official transportation and MEDEVAC missions.
Acir Padilha, Embraer Vice President, Marketing and Sales ' Defence Market, said of the new contract, 'We are honoured by the choice of the Royal Thai Navy to acquire a second ERJ 135 jet, confirming the suitability of this aircraft model to the needs of Thailand's armed forces, and shows the confidence they have in Embraer's products in the official transportation segment. As a result, we are gradually increasing and consolidating our presence in Thailand'.
The ERJ 135 is a 3,148km range, 37 passenger airliner that is part of the Embraer Regional Jet series. The jet received certification in 1999, and since then has been ordered by both civil and military customers worldwide.