Philippine Coast Guard has become Philippines’ first operator of the H145 helicopter after ordering one unit for its operations.
The new 4-tonne-class twin-engine helicopter is equipped with high-frequency radios, emergency flotation gear, fast roping, cargo sling, search light, and electro-optical systems to perform critical missions including search and rescue, medical evacuation, maritime patrol and law enforcement.
According to Airbus, the latest contract will also encompass on-site technical support and continuing airworthiness management organization services, fully supported by Airbus’ team in the country.
“We are honored by the Philippine Coast Guard’s decision to introduce the country’s first parapublic H145 into its fleet, as the perfect complement to the current workhorse BO105 which has served the agency well for the past 40 years. We have full confidence in the H145’s ability to support the agency’s work, coupled with our dedicated in-country customer center which stays committed to supporting its operations in close proximity,” said Philippe Monteux, Head of Southeast Asia and Pacific of Airbus Helicopters.
The H145 is equipped with a Helionix avionics suite and 4-axis autopilot system, which helps to reduce pilot workload during missions. There are currently four H145 helicopters operating in the Philippines, mainly for business aviation purposes.