Following the news that Airbus has begun its deliveries of H225M for Republic Singapore Air Force (RSAF);
Mathew George, Ph.D. Analyst, Aerospace, Defense and Security at GlobalData, a leading data and analytics company, offers his view:
“Airbus has handed over the first H225M helicopter to the RSAF, which is evident that the programhas not been adversely affected by the COVID-19. The production at Airbus has almost resumed to comfortable levels. This program reflects Singapore’s long tradition of selecting robust, reliable and efficient platforms from global suppliers to ensure that its defense forces have equipment they can easily rely on and maintain without the trouble of spares.
“For Singapore, Airbus providing these helicopters without a significant delay will help its long term security planning. Assist in its steps to upgrade and update its existing fleet. The 16 H225M is expected to replace the AS332 in service and provide Singapore with a reliable workhorse to conduct search and rescue, aeromedical evacuation, humanitarian assistance and disaster relief operations.”