author Jean-Louis ESPES
Eurocopter succeeds with EC 225 in open Japanese competition
Eurocopter, leading the world market for helicopters, won an open competition in Japan, to equip the Japanese coast guard with two EC 225 helicopters. Being a well-proven, powerful system in the 11 metric ton class with a renowned price/performance ratio, Eurocopter’s EC 225, the latest member of the Super Puma family, proved to be best suited for the mission requirements of Japanese authorities.
The two ordered helicopters are planned to be used primarily for transporting coast guard teams and for SAR (Search and Rescue) missions.
For the second time in 2005, the EC 225 has been selected by Japanese authorities. At the beginning of this year, the Japanese army bought an EC 225 in VIP configuration for the transport of the Japanese emperor and official guests.
As Fabrice Brégier, CEO of Eurocopter states, "the latest success is a clear result of our excellent product quality and underlines our dominant position in the very competitive Japanese market".
Eurocopter currently covers more than 50 percent of the civil and para-public market in Japan, having a fleet of 360 of its helicopters operating in the country.
The EC 225, the latest twin-engine, mid-range Super Puma helicopter (11 metric ton class) was specially developed for passenger transport missions -in particular for offshore and VIP, but also for public service missions such as Search and Rescue (SAR). Some of the new features on the EC 225 are its new main rotor system, new Turbomeca Makila 2A turbine engines with FADEC (Full Authority Digital Engine Control), a reinforced main gearbox and an integrated display and piloting system.
Eurocopter is a wholly-owned subsidiary of EADS. EADS is a global leader in aerospace, defence and related services. In 2004, EADS generated revenues of € 31.8 billion and employed a workforce of about 110,000. The EADS Group includes the aircraft manufacturer Airbus, the world's largest helicopter supplier Eurocopter and the joint venture MBDA, the international leader in missile systems. EADS is the major partner in the Eurofighter consortium, is the prime contractor for the Ariane launcher, develops the A400M military transport aircraft and is the largest industrial partner for the European satellite navigation system Galileo.
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