Hellenic Eurocopter programs update
Eurocopter, October 03, 2006 - DEFENDORY 2006 - Greece presently operates more than 35 Eurocopter helicopters of the BO 105, AS 350/355 Ecureuil, Alouette and Super Puma types in police, rescue, SAR and commercial services. In 1998, the Greek Merchant Marine ordered 4 Super Puma AS 332 C1 helicopters for Search And Rescue (SAR) duties. This was followed in 2002 by another contract for 4 Super Puma AS 332 C1s for Combat SAR missions for the Hellenic Air Force, and in 2004 an additional 2 aircraft with Medevac configuration.
In 2003, Eurocopter and the Greek MoD signed a contract for the supply of six Dauphin AS 365 N3 helicopters. Entered in service for the 2004 Olympic Games and fitted with radar, infrared cameras, loudspeakers and emergency flotation gear, the helicopters perform day and night surveillance and patrol missions for the Port Police. They are now operated together with greek port police and Navy pilots.
Other sales include two EC 135 for the Hellenic Police, three BK 117, two AS 332 L1 for the Hellenic Fire Brigade and eight EC120 for commercial operators.
In 2003, the Hellenic Army Aviation ordered twenty NH-90 military transport helicopter (plus 14 options), proving the trust of the Greek government in EADS as a global and longstanding partner. The first helicopters should be operational by end of 2006. Operational requirements of the Hellenic Army, may lead to an increase in the number of options to be exercised by the Greek government.
NH90 to soon Equip Hellenic Armed Forces
DEFENDORY 2006 - Eurocopter will deliver to the Hellenic Armed Forces their first NH90 helicopters in the coming months. The contract signature for the acquisition of 20 NH 90 helicopters plus 14 options for the Hellenic Army took place on August 29, 2003, in Athens.
The 20 NH90 firm order, worth close to 657 million euros, includes 16 Tactical Transport variants and 4 Special Operations variants to be delivered over the next few years and to be operated by the Hellenic Army. All helicopters can be converted into Medevac variant with 4 ordered roll change medical kits. The 14 options are composed of 12 tactical transport and 2 special operation variants.
All the NH90 to be operated by the Hellenic Armed Forces are equipped with Rolls-Royce Turbomeca RTM322-01/9 engines.
The deal also includes a series of offset benefits outlined in a November 2004 Letter of Intent signed by the Greek government and EADS, the parent company of Eurocopter.
Part of this agreement is the creation of a Composite Facility at Tanagra, to be operated by the Hellenic Aerospace Industry (HAI), which broke ground in February this year.
Sixteen of Greece’s NH90s will be operated by the Army Aviation and four NH90s will service the needs of the Special Operation Forces (SOF). The first Hellenic serial production NH 90 flew for the first time in July 2005.
The NH90 program, led by Eurocopter, now totals 400 firm orders confirming its status of biggest helicopter program ever launched by Europe. The NH90 has been ordered by 12 countries including France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Portugal, Finland, Norway, Sweden, Greece, Oman, Australia and New-Zealand. Due to its multi-role capability, the NH90 is able to fulfil a large variety of missions and has been selected for Army, Air Force, Navy and SAR services.
Now “Combat Proven” the Eurocopter EC725 is the Best Tool ever Produced to Ensure the future Hellenic Armed Forces SAR & Combat SAR Missions
DEFENDORY 2006 - Currently the most accomplished helicopter in the world for Combat Search And Rescue (CSAR) operations, the EC725 will progressively take over from the former generation helicopters, offering substantially improved operational capabilities. It could perfectly fits the Greece new requirements for long distance SAR missions with an increased useful load.
Latest member of the Cougar family the EC 725 benefits from the experience acquired by its predecessors and from major technical advances. It is a twin-engine, medium-weight helicopter in the 11 metric ton class with significantly enhanced performances, designed for long-distance tactical transport, SAR and Combat SAR missions, medical transport, and logistic support. It can also be used for naval operations.
Notable new features of the EC725 include an entirely new main rotor head, a reinforced main gearbox, new engines, and a new integrated piloting and display system.
Let us remind that the 10th of May, 2006, the Combat Search & Rescue EC 725 were officially declared operational within the French Air Force and became “combat proven” when utilized in Lebanon to evacuate the French nationals in July 2006.
The French Air Force, which is the EC725 launch customer, will ultimately operate 6 of the helicopters – 4 have already been delivered – for CSAR missions. The French Army will acquire 8 EC725s – 7 have already been received – for duties with the Special Operations Squadron.
Today 48 aircraft from the EC225/EC 725 family have already been sold to 13 customers in 11 countries.
Established in 1992, the Franco-German-Spanish Eurocopter Group is a Division of EADS, a world leader in aerospace, defence and related services. The Eurocopter Group employs approx. 13,000 people. In 2005, Eurocopter confirmed its position as the world’s No. 1 helicopter manufacturer with a turnover of 3.2 billion euros, orders for 401 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. Its strong worldwide presence is ensured by its 16 subsidiaries on five continents, along with a dense network of distributors, certified agents and maintenance centres. More than 9,500 Eurocopter helicopters are currently in service with over 2,500 customers in 139 countries. Eurocopter offers the largest civil and military helicopter range in the world.
NHIndustries is a company owned by Eurocopter (62,5%), Agusta (32%) and Stork Fokker (5,5%).
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