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    Thailand conducts deck landing trials of H145M helicopter on LPD

    Ridzwan Rahmat, Singapore - IHS Jane's Navy International

    23 November 2016

    A Royal Thai Navy H145M helicopter conducting deck landing operations onboard HTMS Angthong. Source: Royal Thai Navy 202 Naval Aviation Squadron

    A Royal Thai Navy (RTN) H145M helicopter has successfully completed a series of deck landing trials on board the service's Endurance-class landing platform dock (LPD) platform, HTMS Angthong (791).

    The trials were conducted on 22 November off the coast of Pattaya, and involved a single airframe with serial number 2217, an official from the service's 202 Naval Aviation Squadron confirmed with IHS Jane's on the day after.

    The aircraft is part of a fleet of five newly inducted H145M helicopters that were ordered under a 2014 contract with Airbus Helicopters. The airframes were formally commissioned in early November 2016, although technical acceptance for the first two aircraft was completed in April the same year.

    According to Airbus Helicopters, the RTN's H145Ms have been equipped for a range of military operations that include search-and-rescue (SAR), reconnaissance, and medical evacuation missions.

    The helicopters are powered by Turbomeca Arriel 2E engines, and are equipped with weather radar system, cargo hooks, and an internal long-range fuel tank system. The RTN also confirmed with IHS Jane's in May 2016 that the helicopters have been fitted with two machine gun pedestals each, one each on the port and starboard doors.

    Deck landing exercises on board the ship with the aircraft type are scheduled to continue over the next few weeks to further familiarise Angthong 's crew with the helicopter, including stowing and lashing procedures, said the squadron official.

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    That's a very big flight deck for a comparatively small helicopter

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    Quote Originally Posted by Unicorn View Post
    That's a very big flight deck for a comparatively small helicopter
    Built to take Chinook sized helicopters - bigger is better

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    Sensible too, considering they have a VERY diverse range of types................the Chinooks by the way, they are trying, so far unsuccessfully, to dispose of................they can't afford the manpower or money to maintain them adequately, a persistent problem going back to their intro of earlier Chinooks back in the 1960's/1970's................

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    RTN proves out new H145M helicopters in actual HADR missions over southern Thailand

    Ridzwan Rahmat, Singapore - IHS Jane's Navy International

    12 January 2017

    Key Points
    • Thailand has deployed its H145M helicopters on an actual HADR mission for the first time
    • The missions are proving out the aircraft's medical-evacuation, emergency-relief capabilities when operated from onboard a naval platform

    HTMS Angthong, which has been conducting flood relief missions in southern Thailand since 9 January 2017 with two embarked H145M helicopters. (Royal Thai Navy)

    The Royal Thai Navy (RTN) has deployed its Endurance-class landing platform dock (LPD) ship, embarked with two H145M helicopters, to southern Thailand as part of the service's flood relief efforts.

    The LPD, HTMS Angthong (791), arrived off the coast of Nakhon Si Thammarat on 9 January and has since been conducting missions in the area including medical evacuations and the delivery of rations and medical supplies.

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    Thailand aims to operate fleet of three submarines by 2026

    Ridzwan Rahmat, Singapore - IHS Jane's Defence Weekly

    17 January 2017

    The Royal Thai Navy (RTN) has outlined a requirement to operationalise its planned fleet of three submarines by 2026, and is currently in the process of submitting this proposal to the country's military government.

    The matter was disclosed by Captain Prawoot Rodmanee, chief of the RTN's submarine squadron, during his presentation at UDT Asia 2017 in Singapore on 17 January. The captain was giving a brief on the RTN's plans for the future, including updates to the service's plans to establish a submarine fleet.

    Thailand is largely believed to be acquiring the S26T (Thailand) diesel-electric submarine (SSK), a modified export version of the Yuan-class (Type 041) platform from China.

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    DSME launches Thailand's first multipurpose frigate

    Ridzwan Rahmat, Singapore - IHS Jane's Defence Weekly

    23 January 2017

    South Korean shipbuilder Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering (DSME) launched a 122 m frigate on order for the Royal Thai Navy (RTN) on 23 January.

    The vessel, which has been ordered under a THB14.6 billion (USD396 million) contract inked between the Thai government and DSME in August 2013, was launched at DSME's facilities in Okpo, the company confirmed to IHS Jane's on the same day.

    The frigate, which has been given the pennant number 471, derives its design from the Kwanggaeto Daewang (KDX-1) destroyer in service with the Republic of Korea Navy (RoKN).

    The platform displaces 3,650 tonnes, features an overall length of 122.5 m and an overall beam of 14.4 m, and can accommodate a crew of 136.

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