photo of 2 helicopters in flight

Hey folks! Desperate to find what these two helicopters are. Any help greatly appreciated!!

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    $\begingroup$ Where and when did you see them? $\endgroup$
    – Hobbes
    Apr 10, 2019 at 14:15
  • $\begingroup$ Let’s say SE Asia. Sorry, can’t be more specific. $\endgroup$
    – A B
    Apr 10, 2019 at 14:28
  • $\begingroup$ I’m thinking the one on the left is a PZL W13 Sokol and no idea about the one on right. $\endgroup$
    – A B
    Apr 10, 2019 at 14:31
  • $\begingroup$ Oh and it was within the last week. $\endgroup$
    – A B
    Apr 10, 2019 at 14:32
  • $\begingroup$ @AB You mean the one onf the left is a PZL W13 Sokol, I assume? $\endgroup$ Apr 10, 2019 at 14:37

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My guess is an AW139 on the left and the AS355 on the right. Both are very widely produced models.

  • $\begingroup$ I think the left one has six main rotor blades, whereas the AW139 (and 149, for that matter) have five? If it’s just five, though, the AW149 might also be a contender, with Thai Army apparently being a prime user. $\endgroup$ Apr 10, 2019 at 17:10
  • $\begingroup$ Thanks fooot and Cpt Reynolds. The shape/sihouette seem to fit with a AW139/149 but I'm unaware of the country (not Thailand) having purchased any though they're notoriously secretive, so it could be. But I'm trying to see now if they have a capacity to mount weaponry $\endgroup$
    – A B
    Apr 10, 2019 at 17:14
  • $\begingroup$ I fully agree with the AS-355 on the right, but am less sure about the left one. $\endgroup$ Apr 10, 2019 at 19:31
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    $\begingroup$ I agree about the left one. Not many options with 6 blades, and it doesn't look to be in military colors. It could be just 5 blades and the AW139 seemed to be the best match. $\endgroup$
    – fooot
    Apr 10, 2019 at 20:04
  • $\begingroup$ I do now wonder whether it’s a Mi-24 or derivative. $\endgroup$ Apr 10, 2019 at 20:05

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