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Belgium receives its first NH90 Naval Helicopter

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Belgium receives its first NH90 Naval Helicopter

Posted on 02 August 2013 by admin

Eurocopter delivered the first NH90 NFH (NATO Frigate Helicopter) to the Belgium Armed Forces, providing an advanced, highly capable and fully-qualified rotary-wing aircraft for this nation’s multi-role mission requirements. In addition to being the no. 1 NH90 NFH received by Belgium, it also is the first built at Eurocopter’s Donauwörth, Germany industrial site – demonstrating this facility’s capability to assemble and deliver these new-generation twin-engine helicopters.

Belgium will become the fifth country to put the European-developed NH90 NFH version into service, joining France, Italy, the Netherlands and Norway. The aircraft delivered today is rated at Full Operational Capability (FOC), ensuring its aptitude for the full range of Belgium naval missions – such as Search and Rescue (SAR) or military missions at sea.

Training of Belgium Navy flight and maintenance crews on the NH90 NFH will begin next month, with operations to be initiated in 2014 using its first two helicopters. Belgium has ordered eight NH90s in total, including four of NFH naval versions. The NH90 NFH is replacing the Belgium Navy’s Sea King helicopters. Its configuration is identical to the Dutch NH90 NFH version.

“The NH90 NFH is operationally proven, and Belgium will benefit from this helicopter’s already validated performance, reliability and versatility,” said Michel Polychroniadis, Director of the NH90 Programme at Eurocopter. “The Belgium acceptance teams and flight crews have been impressed by the NH90 NFH’s flight stability and its capabilities, providing a preview of the operational enhancements that will be provided for the country’s army.”

Military services currently operating the NH90 NFH have successfully utilized the helicopters in rescue, transport and surveillance missions. As an example, more than 50 persons have been rescued to date by French Navy NH90 NFH rotorcraft, while the Netherlands recently deployed its NATO Frigate Helicopters to the Horn of Africa in support of the European Union’s Atalanta naval operation.


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Maiden flight for Spain assembled Eurocopter Tiger

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Maiden flight for Spain assembled Eurocopter Tiger

Posted on 31 July 2013 by admin

Eurocopter’s Tiger combat helicopter program has reached an important new milestone with the maiden flight yesterday of the initial Tiger HAD/E variant assembled at Eurocopter’s Spanish facilities in Albacete, Spain.

This is an important achievement for both the Tiger program and for Eurocopter Spain,” said Juan Luis Cordero, the Eurocopter Tiger program manager in Spain. “The assembly of this helicopter was made possible thanks to a significant investment in both industrial and human resources and also to the close coordination with other entities in the Group.”

The milestone helicopter assembled in Albacete – designated HAD/E-5002 – will be the first unit to enter service with the Fuerzas Aeromóviles del Ejército de Tierra (FAMET) Spanish Army helicopter unit, with delivery planned by the end of 2013. It follows the first prototype (HAD/E-5001) – assembled at Eurocopter’s Marignane, France facilities – which has been performing the certification and qualification flight campaign in Spain since 2010.

The helicopter will significantly reinforce the six French-assembled Tiger HAP/E variants currently operated by the Spanish Army – including missions in Afghanistan with these rotorcraft.

The Tiger program represents an important step in the multinational cooperation between the defense ministries of France, Germany and Spain, as well as industry stakeholders. The Tiger industrial participation plan allowed Spanish companies, under leadership of Eurocopter Spain, to participate in the complete helicopter lifecycle – from design and manufacture, flight tests and certification, to final assembly and integral logistics support.

Furthermore, the Eurocopter Spain factory in Albacete is the only manufacturing plant for the Tiger helicopter’s rear fuselage section.

Other Spanish organizations involved in the program included ITP – part of the MTRI consortium – which is participating in the design and production of the upgraded engines for the Spanish Tiger HAD/E version. In addition, companies such as Indra, Amper, ELIMCO, Aernnova, TECHNOBIT, Desarrollos Mecánicos de Precisión (DMP), Sacesa, and Celéstica, were involved primarily on component, systems and equipment manufacturing.


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INDO DEFENCE: Eurocopter to exhibit rotary- wing aircrafts

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INDO DEFENCE: Eurocopter to exhibit rotary- wing aircrafts

Posted on 06 November 2012 by admin

Eurocopter is to exhibit scale models of the EC725, EC145, AS550 C3 Fennec and AS565 MB Panther rotary-wing aircraft at INDO DEFENCE 2012, joining its EADS parent company during the event (Hall D, Stand D110).



“With its modern range of helicopters, Eurocopter is well positioned to respond to the diverse operational requirements of Indonesia for its Armed Forces, homeland security, law enforcement and parapublic missions,” said Norbert Ducrot, Eurocopter’s Senior Executive Vice President for Asia Pacific. “We are ready to expand the exemplary collaboration with PT Dirgantara Indonesia, which is supported by major investments and transfer of knowledge in manufacturing, integration and customization of helicopters, with the creation of additional training opportunities and the development of maintenance, repair and overhaul solutions.” PT Dirgantara Indonesia and Eurocopter’s long lasting relationship has successfully led to the choice by Indonesia Air Force to procure six EC725 for combat search and rescue earlier this year. This follows the licensed assembly in Indonesia of SA330 Pumas and AS332 Super Pumas, along with the in-country manufacture of EC225 and EC725 tail booms and airframe assemblies for Eurocopter since 2008. The EC725 selected for Indonesia’s combat search and rescue duties is the latest and most advanced member of Eurocopter’s 11-ton military product line, and has become a rotorcraft of choice in the modernization of military forces’ fleets worldwide. This twin-engine helicopter’s capabilities in challenging operating conditions are being demonstrated during its current Afghanistan deployment by France, and were also proven in operations supporting France’s role with NATO-led operations during the Libyan military campaign.



Eurocopter’s EC145 family is recognized worldwide as a highly versatile medium twin-engine helicopter for law enforcement and security missions. In addition to its use by police departments, sheriff agencies and other organizations in many countries, the UH-72A version is being supplied to the U.S. Army as its new Light Utility Helicopter. This rotary-wing aircraft’s performance has been further enhanced with the EC145 T2 version, which incorporates new Arriel 2E engines, the company’s Fenestron shrouded tail rotor, upgraded main and tail rotor gear boxes, an innovative new digital avionics suite and a 4-axis autopilot.



The Eurocopter Fennec helicopter product line – derived from the renowned Ecureuil rotorcraft family – is performing combat, combat support, tracking, escort and training duties around the globe today. This series of adaptable single- and twin-engine helicopters combine powerful light attack capabilities with highly cost-effective airframe and mission system solutions.



Also highlighted at INDO DEFENCE 2012 is the AS565 MB Panther, a member of the company’s Dauphin family that is in operation with many military services for anti-submarine and anti-surface warfare, maritime counterterrorism, surveillance and control, casualty/medical evacuations and search and rescue. This helicopter series can be fitted with torpedoes and dipping sonar, and is demonstrating its capabilities daily with operators that include the United States Coast Guard – which flies some 100 MH-65 Dolphins for search and rescue, homeland security, drug interdiction, pollution control and other missions.

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