MINDEF signs contracts to acquire new helicopters


SINGAPORE: The Ministry of Defence (MINDEF) has signed contracts to acquire new medium- and heavy-lift helicopters.

In a press release on Monday (Nov 7), the ministry said the new H225M and CH-47F will replace the Republic of Singapore Air Force's (RSAF) Super Pumas and older Chinooks. They have been in service since 1983 and 1994 respectively, and are going to be obsolete.

MINDEF said both helicopters were selected after a rigorous evaluation process.

The contract for acquiring the H225M - a medium-lift helicopter - was awarded to Airbus Helicopters, while the heavy-lift CH-47F will be provided by The Boeing Company. “The H225M and CH-47F possess better lift and reach capabilities, and will enable the RSAF to meet the Singapore Armed Forces’ lift requirements more efficiently with fewer helicopters and less manpower,” said MINDEF.

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Reprinted from Channel News Asia website, Nov 2016. Copyright 2016. All rights reserved.


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