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Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Eurocopter Asia Delivers Twin Firsts in Bangladesh

By Andrew Drwiega, Military Editor

Bangladesh is featuring in Eurocopter’s Asian business expansion with the announcement that the company has delivered its first ever Eurocopter-built rotorcraft—two AS365 N3+ Dauphins—to the Bangladesh Army. The helicopters will be used for multi-role transportation as well as for United Nations (UN) humanitarian missions.

Bangladesh Army pilots attended ground school training at Eurocopter South East Asia’s Singapore facility, which has an AS365 N3+ full-flight simulator (FFS). Others will follow in a train-the-trainer type arrangement.

Brig. Gen. Abdullah Al Azhar, commander of the Army’s fledgling aviation group, commented positively on the ability to train the crew in Singapore and said that the Dauphins would significantly enhance the nation’s capabilities “as we continue to participate actively in world peacekeeping missions.”

Bernard Brenner, president & CEO of Eurocopter South East Asia (ESEA), noted that a major attraction for these Bangladesh-based operators was the regional support and services that Eurocopter could offer. Eurocopter established a base in Singapore in 1977 to cover 15 national markets. Its team services and maintains more than 300 helicopters throughout the ESEA region. Earlier this year it was allotted regional hub status to provide training, major inspections and heavy structural repairs for the Dauphin helicopter family.

Back in February 2012 during the Singapore airshow, Bangladesh company R&R Aviation signed an agreement with Eurocopter for two new EC130 B4 helicopters, again marking the first new civil helicopter sale in the country. R&R Aviation will use the two helicopters for passenger transport and for EMS (emergency medical services) missions.
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