Leonardo and Thailandia sign technology transfer and MRO MoU related to the AW-101 helicopter
Rome, Italy - It lays the foundation for the potential purchase of aircraft in the country for Police, Army, Air Force and Navy
(WAPA) - Leonardo signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Defence Technology Institute (DTI) of Thailand on November 8th (but the industry communicates it today) covering technology transfer and the establishment of helicopter maintenance, repair & overhaul (MRO) capabilities in the country, should the AW101 aircraft be ordered for use by the Police, Army, Air Force and Navy. The MoU was signed by Colonel Tawiwat Veeraklaew, Acting Director General of the Defence Technology Institute (DTI), and Brian McEachen, Head of Region - Asia & Oceania at Leonardo Helicopters Division, at the Defense & Security 2017 exhibition being held in Bangkok 6th to 9th November.
The company has established itself as a strong partner in Thailand in the naval, land and air domains. The company has supplied air surveillance, naval and land radar systems, helicopters and maritime patrol radars.
In the civil market Leonardo has supported Thailand since the early 70s, particularly via the provision of air traffic control systems. A number of programmes have been implemented nation-wide in the last 10 years. These also include, among others, the air defence RAT31DL system as well as the KRONOS multifunctional, scalable, C-band, solid-state radar system. Further programmes also comprise the HALO acoustic weapon locating system, and Thermal Sight System (TSS) for the Scorpion light tanks. In the rotorcraft field, Leonardo currently has several helicopter types in service with the Thai Armed Forces including the AW-139 with the Royal Thai Army and the Super Lynx 300 with the Royal Thai Navy.
"The 16 tonne three-engine AW-101 continues to lead its class as the world’s most advanced and capable medium-heavy helicopter available today featuring a large cabin, over 1,300 km range, high cruise speed, all weather operating capability, high reliability and safety - including a proven 30-minute “run dry” gearbox. Its cabin can accommodate 30-plus troops and can easily be reconfigured for a wide range of missions. Orders for more than 220 AW-101 helicopters have been placed by customers worldwide so far for a wide range of applications including search and rescue, combat SAR, utility, maritime and naval roles and head of state/government transport duties", according to a note issued by the industry. (Avionews)