The Royal Thai Army (RTA) has received two more Russian-made Mil Mi-17V-5 ‘Hip-H’ medium transport helicopters, an RTA source told Jane’s on 8 January.
The platforms, which were acquired under a contract signed in December 2017, were delivered in mid-December 2018 and conducted their first flight in Thailand later that month, the source said, adding that the rotorcraft will be operated by the RTA’s 41st Aviation Battalion based at Lopburi.
The RTA already operates five Mi-17V-5 platforms. In March 2008 the service ordered the first three such rotorcraft from Russia, which were delivered in March 2011, followed by the remaining two in November 2015 under a contract signed in July 2014.
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