GKN-Westland, December 03, 2001 - Yeovil, UK - The Portuguese Government has formally awarded the decision to procure 12 EH101s for Search and Rescue, Combat SAR role and fishery protection to AgustaWestland. This follows the recent announcement by Denmark of its decision to purchase 14 EH101's for SAR and Utiliy roles.
The selection of the EH101 comes at the end of a thorough and extensive evaluation and as a result of flight evaluation of the EH101 against the Sikorsky S-92 and the Eurocopter Cougar Mk2+.
The comprehensive range of tests carried out by the Portuguese Evaluation Committee demonstrated the unrivalled capability of the EH101, and its ability to carry out the most demanding of SAR requirements.
This achievement underlines the superior ability of the EH101 to satisfy the extremely demanding requirements of Combat SAR missions as well as its already well-proven performance in the maritime and utility SAR roles.
As part of the contract AgustaWestland has built a series of partnerships with Portuguese Industry, in both aerospace and non-aerospace fields to satisfy Portuguese Government Industrial compensation and collaboration requirements.
On the additional success of the EH101, Amedeo Caporaletti, CEO of AgustaWestland commented:
"The selection of Portugal, which closely follows the announcement from Denmark, confirms the validity of our company strategy, founded on a product range of advanced technology, demonstrating that it is capable of satisfying the most demanding requirements of world market".
Richard Case, Managing Director of AgustaWestland, added:
"The decision by Portugal to select EH101 following that of Denmark, confirms that this helicopter is now the benchmark against which all other helicopters are judged, not only in Europe but - increasingly - worldwide."