Eurocopter Romania – UK Royal Air Force partnership, completed. 20 Puma helicopters were upgraded

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Ghimbav plant has become an important industrial center for the Eurocopter group. The Romanian subsidiary and British Royal Air Force finalized the partnership in which 20 Puma helicopters were modernized, in a contract worthing EUR 300 million.

“We are at the end of a major contract, one of which we are very proud. We are pleased that in the past two years we have had the opportunity to prove our forces in the field and at the same time, we have constantly improved the expertise. The partnership with the Forces British Royal Air was an important step of Eurocopter Romania evolution, and the fact that we achieved this result proves Eurocopter Romania ability to provide services at the highest international standards and to be able to meet the most demanding requirements of customers around the world “said Jean Louis Mascle, CEO Eurocopter Romania, member of Airbus Helicopters group during a special event at company’s HQ in Ghimbav, near Brasov.

In his turn, H.E. Mr. Ambassador of the UK in Romania Paul Brummell thanked Eurocopter team and appreciated that the contract was fulfilled “in a very good manner”. “Thank you for a great mission accomplished. Romania is a successful trading partner for the UK as it is evidenced each year by the level of trade between the two countries”, H.E. said.

The 20 helicopters have been upgraded in 23 months.

More than 120 Eurocopter helicopters, including Pumas, Super Pumas, Dauphins and EC 135s, have been overhauled in the 4,500 facility in Ghimbav. The local company has also delivered over 25 new and previously-owned helicopters. The upgrade to Puma Mk2 brings improvements in performance and safety. Helicopters are fitted with new Makila 1A1 turbo shaft engines and have a full glass cockpit incorporating modern avionics and a flight management system. Eurcopter has implemented a digital automatic flight control system, as well as other systems for secure communications and ballistic protection.

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