The Bangladesh Army has marked its formal service introduction of two new Eurocopter AS365 N3+ Dauphin helicopters on November 2012, which will be deployed on United Nations humanitarian missions and operated in multi-role transport duties for the republic.
Supplied through the Eurocopter South East Asia subsidiary, these are the first Eurocopter-built rotorcraft to join the Bangladesh Army’s aviation fleet, and they were presented today during a ceremony at the military service’s Dhaka Cantonment headquarters.
In preparation for the twin-engine Dauphin’s service introduction, an initial group of Bangladesh Army pilots attended ground school classes at Eurocopter South East Asia’s Singapore facility, and were trained in the subsidiary’s AS365 N3+ full-flight simulator. Additional crew members are to follow, including pilots who will be qualified as instructors.
The two new helicopter will be another addition to the Bangladesh Army Aviation Unit which has already operates a Cessna 208B Grand Caravan, 4 Cessna 152A, 3 Bell 206 L-4 Long Ranger IV, 2 Cessna 337F Super Skymaster and a Piper PA-31T1 Cheyenne.