Established in 1992, the Franco-German-Spanish Eurocopter Group is a division of EADS, a world leader in aerospace, defence and related services. In 2006, Eurocopter confirmed its position as the world’s No. 1 helicopter manufacturer with a turnover of 3.8 billion euros, orders for 615 new helicopters, and a 52% percent market share in the civil and parapublic sectors. Overall, the Group’s products account for 30% percent of the total world helicopter fleet. More than 9,800 Eurocopter helicopters are currently in service with over 2,500 customers in 140 countries. Eurocopter offers the largest civil and military helicopter range in the world.
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France Orders NH90s
The French Defence Procurement Agency DGA has ordered via NAHEMA 68 NH90 helicopters in the terrestrial version from the NHIndustries consortium (Eurocopter 62.5%, AgustaWestland 32% and Stork Fokker 5.5%). 12 of these are firm orders. France will order a further 22 helicopters in 2008, and another 34 in 2010.
For Lutz Bertling, CEO of Eurocopter, "this order proves that the NH90 is perfectly adapted to the requirements of helicopter transport operations in the years to come," says Bertling. "It also underscores the French army’s repeated confidence in the products and support provided by the Eurocopter group."
The NH90 is a helicopter in the 9-10 metric ton class destined to "rejuvenate" the tactical transport and anti-submarine combat fleets. The programme was jointly launched by four countries, Germany, France, Italy and the Netherlands, which were subsequently joined by Portugal and Belgium. The NH90 has been purchased by Sweden, Finland, Norway, Greece, the Sultanate of Oman, Australia, New Zealand and Spain. This new contract raises the number of firm orders for the NH90 to 507 helicopters.
Netherlands Police Order Six EC135s
The Ministry of Interior Affairs and Kingdom Relations of the Netherlands has signed a contract on November 28 for six Eurocopter EC135 P2i light twin-engine helicopters for the Dutch Police, KLPD (Korps landelijke politiediensten). The aircraft are to be delivered between mid-2009 and the end of 2009 and will replace the BO105s presently in service with KLPD.
The new EC135 police helicopters for the Dutch police are equipped with two Pratt &Whitney Canada PW206B2 engines, delivering 609 kW of power each. It has a maximum take-off weight of 2,910 kg and seating capacity for 1 pilot +6/7 crew or 2 pilots +5/6 crew. With night-vision goggle compatible cockpits, the EC135 is capable of night-flight operations and is certified for single Pilot IFR flight. For the KLPD’s specific missions, the helicopters will be fitted with FLIR (forward-looking infrared) camera, a video downlink system and a 20-inch operator screen with "picture in picture" system.
More than 140 EC135s are currently in police and law enforcement services worldwide, which equates to a market share of 60 percent in this class. In total, more than 600 EC135s have been delivered to customers since its market introduction in 1996.
Malaysian Coast Guard Receives Third AS365
The Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) has received its third Dauphin AS365 N3 from Eurocopter Malaysia. With this on time delivery, the newly established Malaysian Coast Guard Air Wing Operations is ready to perform long-range surveillance and rescue operations in the Malaysian Maritime Zone and on its high sea areas with a globally proven reference helicopter system. The first and second aircraft have been delivered ahead of schedule and were presented to the Malaysian public at the 50th Independence Celebration in August 2007.
The MMEA is the first governmental customer to profit from Eurocopter’s Global Offer, a turnkey solution comprising training services, integrated maintenance and logistics support services.
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