With the recent order of one Airbus Helicopters H145, the Philippine Coast Guard becomes the first parapublic operator of the aircraft in that country.
The new four-ton-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.
The contract also includes on-site technical support and continuing airworthiness management organization services supported by an in-country Airbus team.
“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,” said Philippe Monteux, head of Airbus Helicopters in Southeast Asia and Pacific. “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.”
The BO105 — of which about 1,400 were built — is the ancestor of the Eurocopter EC135 developed by Messerschmidt-Boklow-Blohm.
More than 1,400 helicopters in the H145 family are in service globally and are near to achieving five million total flight hours. At least four H145 helicopters are operating in the Philippines, mainly for business aviation purposes.
The H145 is equipped with the Airbus Helionix avionics suite and four-axis autopilot system, which helps reduce pilot workload during missions.