Eurocopter subsidiary, Helibras, has established a manufacturing plant in Itajuba that will focus on the production, assembly and maintenance of the EC725 in Brazil. The initial production at the facility will focus on a 50-aircraft order from the Brazilian Armed Forces. Helibras has delivered four French-produced EC725s so far, with the Itajuba plant to build the remaining helicopters. The new facility will also have the means to produce civilian versions of the EC225 to meet demand from offshore oil and gas operators in the region. Helibras has also struck an agreement with InbraAerospace involving composite armor protection on the EC725. The company currently equips Helibras’ Ecureuils with armor protection. Through early October, a total of 15 suppliers have agreed to provide Brazilian-produced components for the EC725s.