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Airbus Group arrives at LAAD 2015 to reinforce its commitment to Latin America


Airbus Helicopters/Helibras will show Caracal, Panther, H145 and Fennec at LAAD Defence & Security, Rio de Janeiro, April 14-17




Airbus Helicopters, April 09, 2015 - Rio de Janeiro - Once again, Airbus Group will be participating in one of Latin America’s most important Shows: LAAD Defence & Security in Rio de Janeiro.

From April 14 to April 17, at Riocentro in Rio de Janeiro, Airbus Group will display many key products and technologies from its Defence and Space and Helicopters divisions.

Amongst other objectives, the Group intends to highlight its partnership with Brazil, as well as its commitment and successful investment in the country over many decades. While the company’s Helibras subsidiary is the best example of direct investment in Brazil by any global defence or aerospace company, Airbus Group interests span civil aircraft, military transport aircraft, security and surveillance solutions, as well as space and satellite systems. Notable at the Show will be Airbus Helicopters’ new H145, making its Brazilian debut in a month-long demonstration tour across the country; and Airbus Defence and Space will present its new AstroBus XS optical Earth Observation satellite system.

“LAAD is a truly international event and demonstrates that for Airbus Group, Brazil and Latin America are more than key markets. The wider continent is a business partner and strategic ally where we provide technologically advanced solutions for companies and governments,” commented Alberto Robles, Head of Latin America for Airbus Group.

“This will be our first LAAD as Airbus Group and this one brand name is important: for within the group we do more than make civil aircraft, we help secure borders, we protect airspace, we monitor climate change, we protect from cyber-attacks and we help the emergency services,” said Bruno Gallard, CEO of Airbus Group in Brazil.

Currently, Airbus Group has more than 1400 employees in Latin America located at seventeen sites across seven countries (Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, El Salvador, Mexico and Peru). In Brazil alone, the company has nearly 900 employees.

Recent successful projects in Brazil include being the official provider of communications networks for police forces during the FIFA World Cup. Airbus Defence and Space has implemented the only national integrated digital secure radiocommunication network - the Tetrapol network for the Federal Police Department; and Spot Image is providing Brazilian government departments with a competitive “fixed-price menu” of high resolution satellite images.

On Stand R50 at LAAD, Airbus Group will feature the following models and exhibits:

- Airbus Defence and Space: a C-295 maritime patrol aircraft; an AstroBus XS - a satellite platform with increased performance in terms of daily coverage, agility and optics. A number of defence electronic systems are on display including: EOTS; SPEXERTM 2000 COASTAL; Z: Nightowl M-ER HD; Attica; Spectus; MSSR 2000 Monopulse; TRS-3D.

- Airbus Helicopters/Helibras: H125M light scout helicopter and an H145M twin engined advanced utility helicopter.
In addition to displays on the stand, Airbus Group products will be strongly represented in a static display around the Helibras chalet (in external area L119) with the following helicopters: the H225M Air Force version; the upgraded AS 365 K2 Panther and the AS 550 C3 Fennec from the Brazilian Army and an H145 in para-public configuration.

Airbus Group is a global leader in aerospace, defence and related services. In 2014, the Group – comprising Airbus, Airbus Defence and Space and Airbus Helicopters – generated revenues of € 60.7 billion and employed a workforce of over 138,000.


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