One of the first photos, although still low quality, was sent to us of an Airbus H225M, temporary registration F-ZWCJ, in full Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) markings. The photo was made at Aéroport Marseille Provence (France), where the Airbus facility can be found, on 8 January 2021.
The RSAF ordered the H225M back in November 2016 to replace the current fleet of AS332 Super Pumas, which have been in service since 1983. When the order was announced the official number of helicopters procured was not released but is widely believed to be sixteen units.
Initial deliveries were supposed to start by the end of 2020, but were delayed likely due to the COVID-19 situation. First deliveries are now slated to started early this year, most probably in the first quarter.
The Singapore order, valued at USD 1 billion, was the eighth international order at the time for Airbus.
It would appear that the Singapore H225Ms are not registered in order. Known identities, customer number, temporary registration and RSAF serial, are:
NZC001/F-ZWDG, to become 201
NZC002/F-ZWBC, to become 205
NZC00./F-ZWCZ, to become 202
NZC004/F-ZWCJ, to become 203