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The EC-725 Cougar is the newest helicopter in the cougar family, based on the earlier AS532 A2 Cougar and has been developed by the French-German company Eurocopter. There are 2 versions of the EC 725 Cougar. The civil helicopter has the designation EC 225 and the military version EC 725. 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.
In September 2012, Thailand ordered 4 EC725 helicopters in the SAR configuration. The helicopters will be delivered to the Thai Air Force in 2015.
EC 725 Cougar
|Last updated: October 6, 2012|