25 April 2015
RTA AW-139 helicopter (photo : TAF)
Army sources said The Army has decided to supply 6 AW139 helicopter under budget 2,800 million baht, which is stationed in the center of Army Aviation missions in support of the task of the First-Fourth Army Region Commando.
Plan to supply helicopters was made after the accident in November of 2014, the Bell 212 helicopter has fatal crashed until the death of nine people, including deputy Third Army Region commander major general Songpol Thongjeen.
The source said the ThaiArmedForce.com that the Army plans to use the new aircraft in the Army as a general helicopter using EC145-T2. The AW139 into the regular army to replace the Bell 212 in the different sectors.
The Army will begin pilot selection, the first batch of 18 in total, a pilot and a flight instructor and aircraft mechanic include 2 officers, total 22 will be trained in Italy.