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The EC-725 (now H225M) Caracal is the newest helicopter in the cougar family, based on the earlier AS532 A2 Cougar, developed by the French-German company Eurocopter (now Airbus Helicopters). There are 2 versions of the EC 725 Cougar. The civil helicopter has the designation EC 225 (now H225) and the military version EC 725 (now H225M). The first flight was in november 2000.
The EC-725 is/will become in service with:
The French Air force has ordered 6 EC 725R2 helicopters for CSAR purposes. The French Special Operations Command has ordered 8 EC 725AP helicopters. The first EC-725 was delivered to the French air force in february 2005. All helicopters were delivered on May 10, 2007. The EC-725R2 helicopters are based at Cazaux.
The EC-725 has already seen operational in Lebanon and Afghanistan.
On december 23 2008, Brazil ordered 50 EC-725 helicopters. Delivery will start in 2010.
In march 2009, the Ministry of Defence of Mexico placed an order for 6 EC-725 helicopters for usage as military transport and civil security missions.
In June 2011, Malaysia ordered 12 EC-725 helicopters for the air force for SAR and utility missions.
On 5 June 2023, the Dutch Ministry of Defence announced that it bought 14 H225M helicopters for the Royal Netherlands Air Force (RNLAF) to replace the 17 AS532 Cougars. The H225Ms will be stationed with the 300 squadron as part of the Dutch Defence Helicopter Command (DHC) at Gilze-Rijen Air Force Base.
In September 2012, Thailand ordered 4 EC725 helicopters in the SAR configuration. The helicopters will be delivered to the Thai Air Force in 2015.
|Last updated: 27 June 2023|