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Friday, February 20, 2015

Airbus Helicopters Confirms Commitment to Middle East Armed Forces

 Airbus Helicopters recently reinforced their presence in the Middle East to support the region's rotorcraft– which are used on missions that range from combat, counter terrorism and transport to search and rescue, special missions and training.

As part of its Middle East proximity strategy, Airbus Helicopters has opened a new technical office in Pakistan, which joins the company technical representatives and office in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), the Airbus Helicopters Customer Center in Saudi Arabia, service centers such as UAE-based Falcon Aviation Services; distributors such as Global Aerospace Logistics LLC in Abu Dhabi, and an operating agreement with AMMROC (the Advanced Military Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul Center) in Abu Dhabi.

EC725. Photo courtesy of Airbus Helicopters

At IDEX 2015, Airbus will display scale models of the EC645T2, EC725 and NH90 – which represent the diversity of its military product line.

The company‘s EC645 T2 delivers the high mission reliability and low operating costs of Airbus Helicopters’ multi-role EC145, which is a rotorcraft of reference for law enforcement agencies, parapublic organizations and military services – including the U.S. Army. Its missions vary from special forces deployment to light attack and light utility.

Airbus Helicopters’ EC725 has been proven in combat conditions and crisis areas that include Lebanon, Afghanistan and Mali, while also supporting NATO-led operations in Libya. As the latest member Airbus Helicopters’ military Super Puma/Cougar rotorcraft family, this helicopter is ready for multiple missions, including combat search and rescue, long-range tactical transport, aeromedical transport, logistic support and naval duties.

The NH90 was designed to a NATO staff requirement for a medium-sized multi-role military helicopter that provides the benefits of fleet standardization for both land and maritime operations. Developed by Europe’s NHIndustries partnership, the NH90 serves as a core vehicle for two versions – tactical troop transport (TTH) and the NATO Frigate Helicopter (NFH), with both meeting requirements for vertical lift solutions over the long term while operating in harsh military environments on land and at sea.

I will get this information in to our April issue, and I will also post a brief on our website. Unfortunately, we just sent our March issue to press yesterday so we won't be able to get it in to that issue. I'll send you the link once the story is up online so you can distribute it if you'd like to. Feel free to send me any other information about upcoming events, or any other rotorcraft-related news.

Related: Military News

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