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Airbus is highlighting its wide range of defense, space and helicopter products and services at the Defence & Security Expo (DSE) 2019 exhibition. The biennial show is taking place at the Impact Exhibition Centre in Bangkok on Nov. 18 to 21, 2019.
Visitors to the Airbus exhibition stand can get information about the company’s comprehensive range of military helicopters, defense and space solutions. Exhibit highlights include scale models of the high-performance H145M, the multi-mission H175, the combat-proven H225M, the new-generation A400M military airlifter, the highly-versatile C295, as well as the THEOS-2 Earth observation satellite.
Visitors will also get an immersive experience navigating through a variety of simulated aircraft configurations with Airbus’s H145M equipped with HForce — the latest-generation Airbus weapon system — via virtual reality.
Over the last decades, Airbus has developed a successful cooperation with Thailand. The Royal Thai Army operates the C295 turboprop aircraft for cargo and troop transport missions, as well as the H125M and H145 helicopters for armed reconnaissance and utility missions. The Royal Thai Air Force operates the H225M helicopters to perform combat search-and-rescue missions, while the Royal Thai Navy operates a fleet of H145M as transport helicopter. The Royal Thai Police operates the AS365 N3+, H155 and H175 helicopters for search-and-rescue and passenger transport, as well as the CN235 for troop transport and parachuting training.
The company also developed and built Thailand’s THEOS-1 Earth observation satellite, which was launched in 2008. This satellite, which continues to deliver high quality imagery four years after its expected end of life, is used for missions including agricultural and coastal monitoring, forestry management, and flood risk management. THEOS-2 based on Airbus’s AstroBus-S satellite, and can deliver 0.5m ground resolution imagery, is scheduled to be launched in 2021.
Thailand is also the location of an Airbus flight operations services center and a regional maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) center for helicopters, employing a total of over 90 highly qualified technicians and engineers.