Vietnam receives another new helicopter from France


The latest of three EC-225 helicopters that the Southern Vietnam Helicopter company has purchased from France-based Eurocopter. Photos by Nguyen Long

State-owned Southern Vietnam Helicopter (VNH South) company, one of the country’s leading helicopter service providers, has received its third French-made long-range EC-225 helicopter.

Eurocopter, a France-based subsidiary of the European Aeronautic Defence and Space Company or EADS, one of the world’s leading aerospace companies, handed over the helicopter to VNH South on Monday.

VNH South held a ceremony to introduce the newly-received helicopter at Ba Ria-Vung Tau Province’s Vung Tau Airport on Wednesday.

Senior lieutenant-colonel Pham Quang Hieu, a VNH South deputy director in charge of engineering, was quoted by Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper as saying that the new helicopter had been put to use earlier that day touring the Truong Sa (Spratly) Archipelago: Spratly Island, Amboyna Cay (An Bang Island), Southwest Cay and Namyit Island.

Hieu said the company uses EC-225s to survey for oil and gas exploitation, national security and defense, and search and rescue missions.

VNH South had received its first and second EC-225 helicopters in August and October 2009.

It will buy the fourth next year, increasing the number of the company’s air fleet to 19, Tuoi Tre reported.

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