Reply to Media Queries on New Medium- and Heavy-Lift Helicopters
(Source: Singapore Government; issued Nov 08, 2016)
"MINDEF/SAF has always taken a rigorous and prudent approach in planning for our defence needs and acquires sufficient helicopters to meet Singapore's defence requirements.
The H225M and CH-47F will replace the RSAF's existing Super Pumas and the older CH-47Ds of the RSAF's CH-47 fleet which have been in service since 1983 and 1994 respectively, and are facing obsolescence. It is timely to replace them to ensure that the SAF continues to have an effective heli-lift capability for a wide range of operations including Search and Rescue (SAR), medical evacuation and Humanitarian Assistance Disaster Relief (HADR) operations.
The H225M and CH-47F were selected after our rigorous and stringent evaluation process found them to be the most cost-effective solution to provide the SAF with a robust heli-lift capability for a wide range of operations.
The H225M has an approximately 20% longer range compared to the Super Pumas, and will provide operational flexibility with its manoeuvrability and small landing footprint which are essential when operating in confined environments during operations such as medical evacuation and HADR. With newer and better designs, the maintenance regime of the H225M is also simplified and requires less manpower support.
The new CH-47F, on the other hand, has more advanced avionics and capabilities such as an enhanced self-protection capability and Satellite Communication (SATCOM) systems to enable it to be more survivable and better connected.
The helicopters are projected for delivery from 2020 onwards, and a decision on the training arrangements will be made in due course. The existing Super Pumas and older CH-47Ds will be progressively drawn down. The RSAF is working out the details of the drawdown."
Singapore Ministry of Defence Orders H225M Helicopters
(Source: Airbus Helicopters; issued Nov 08, 2016)
MARIGNANE, France --- Airbus Helicopters has signed a contract with the Singapore Ministry of Defence for the acquisition of H225M - Medium Lift Helicopters.
"We are greatly honoured that Singapore has selected the H225M as its next-generation Medium Lift Helicopter" said Guillaume Faury, CEO of Airbus Helicopters. "The Super Puma has served Singapore well for the last 30 years. The addition of the H225M to the RSAF fleet will bring a step change in capabilities thanks to a proven, versatile and extremely modern platform, that is able to cope with the most challenging missions", he added.
Singapore's fleet of H225M will be used for a wide spectrum of operations including Search and Rescue (SAR), Aeromedical Evacuation (AME), and Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief (HADR) operations. A proven platform with exceptional payload, a world-class automatic flight control system and long endurance, the H225M has demonstrated its versatility and performance even in the harshest operational environments.
The H225M is the latest evolution of the successful Super Puma / Cougar family of military helicopters, with more than 500 units delivered worldwide. Singapore is the latest nation to order the H225M, after France, Brazil, Mexico, Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, and Kuwait.
Airbus Helicopters, a division of Airbus Group, provides the most efficient civil and military helicopter solutions worldwide. Its in-service fleet includes nearly 12,000 helicopters operated by more than 3,000 customers in 154 countries. Airbus Helicopters employs more than 22,000 people worldwide and in 2015 generated revenues of 6.8 billion euros.