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Personal logo Editor in Chief Bill The Editor of TMP Fezian20 Sep 2018 7:49 p.m. PST

Airbus Helicopters has received an additional order of four H225M (previously known as EC725) multirole utility helicopters from the Royal Thai Air Force (RTAF), as part of the fleet strengthening programme. This follow-on order will bring the RTAF's H225M fleet to 12 by 2021…


Lion in the Stars20 Sep 2018 8:14 p.m. PST

It's sad that they're talking about a fleet of 10 of the things. That's waaaaay too few birds to keep even half of them flying.

Personal logo 28mm Fanatik Supporting Member of TMP20 Sep 2018 10:02 p.m. PST

Third World nations don't operate their equipment at nearly the high tempo we do to require a sizeable fleet. Heck, some First World nations don't even do that, like Germany.

No need for a lot of birds if most of them simultaneously undergoing maintenance isn't an issue.

Lion in the Stars21 Sep 2018 8:49 p.m. PST

The problem is that with too few units, you can quickly get into a situation where NONE of them are operable, just from random breakdowns and scheduled maintenance.

The Royal Navy ran into that problem a bit ago with one of their ship classes. Only had ~6 in class, and 4 were down with major mechanical issues while the other two were in the yards for scheduled maintenance.

A Pair and a Spare. Two is one, and one is none.

I wouldn't want less than 24 birds of any given type. Lets you have some in hyper-readiness (5-minute scramble), some in lesser readiness (30-minute launch), some for practice flights, and some in the shop for either standard or extended maintenance.

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