CAA Myanmar refuses Nepal Army proposal for Ferry Flight of its new helicopter

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As per the highly placed source, the Department of Civil Aviation of Myanmar has denied its proposal for ferry flight of its newly purchased one Airbus H125M Helicopter.

The Directorate General of Army Aviation (DGAA), earlier had filed an application to the DGA of Myanmar requesting the permission for Ferry Flight on 23 of July, 2018 but the authority had denied the application stating that the Ferry Flight is not permitted on Monsoon Season. This situation will delay the arrival of the new helicopter.

According to the Directorate of Public Relations and Information (DPR), the Nepalese Army had planned to Ferry its European made H125M Helicopter on 11 of August from Airbus facility at South Asia, Singapore. The helicopter is expected to join the Mid Air Base, 11 No Brigade Tribhuvan International Airport by the mid of August as previously it was scheduled to arrive at Mid of July, this year. The helicopter has been allocated with Nepalese Army registration ‘NA-055’.

The Helicotper will leave from Airbus Helicopter Southeast Asia, Singapore and Land Nepal via transiting in Surat Thani of Thailand, Yangon in Myanmar, and Dhaka in Bangladesh following Biratnagar in Eastern Nepal as a planned air-route for Ferry Flight.

The H125M is tailored for locating and attacking targets of opportunity. It relies on the qualities of power, simplicity, firing stability and stealth to carry out a diverse range of demanding missions. The H125M can be equipped with Airbus’ HForce weapons system– a comprehensive, modular and cost-efficient weapon system that can be used on any military version of Airbus’ civil helicopter range (H125M, H145M and H225M).

NA currently owns 10 aircraft which includes four MI-17, two Bell 206, two Écureuils and one Islander and one PZL M28 Sky truck. The defense force has recently sold its two Aérospatiale AS-332L-1 Super Puma an advanced chopper for VIPs to China.

 

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