Royal Malaysian Air Force’s first EC725 helicopter

The Roy­al Malaysian Air Force’s first EC725 heli­copter is unveiled at the LIMA 2011 exhi­bi­tion in a live video broad­cast from Eurocopter’s French head­quar­ters

The pro­duc­tion roll-out of Eurocopter’s no. 1 EC725 heli­copter for the Roy­al Malaysian Air Force was shown today with a live video broad­cast from the company’s Marig­nane, France facil­i­ty, which was beamed to the Langkawi Mar­itime & Aero­space Exhi­bi­tion (LIMA) for an audi­ence that includ­ed Malaysian Prime Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak and Defense Min­is­ter Dr. Ahmad Zahid Hami­di.

It is the first of 12 EC725s to be acquired by Malaysia for search & res­cue and util­i­ty mis­sions under terms of a con­tract signed in 2010. Euro­copter remains on sched­ule for this impor­tant acqui­si­tion pro­gram, with a total of eight heli­copters already in pro­duc­tion – and the no. 1 air­craft soon to enter flight test­ing. The Malaysian EC725 deliv­er­ies will begin next year and con­tin­ue through ear­ly 2014.

“We want­ed to share this on-time mile­stone with Malaysia, pro­vid­ing atten­dees at LIMA 2011 with an ini­tial look at the newest heli­copter that will serve the coun­try in a vari­ety of oper­a­tions,” said Euro­copter Pres­i­dent & CEO Lutz Bertling. “The top pri­or­i­ty at Euro­copter is meet­ing its com­mit­ments to cus­tomers, and Malaysia can count on our company’s ded­i­ca­tion in deliv­er­ing heli­copters that ful­fill the nation’s mis­sion require­ments.”

In today’s roll-out broad­cast from Eurocopter’s Marig­nane head­quar­ters and pro­duc­tion site, the no. 1 EC725 was pre­sent­ed by the Roy­al Malaysian Air Force’s on-site project team, led by Col. Tuan Mustafa.

Express­ing his appre­ci­a­tion to Euro­copter, Defense Min­is­ter Dr. Ahmad Zahid Hami­di said, “This is a high­ly appre­ci­at­ed ges­ture on the part of Euro­copter. We have full con­fi­dence that all 12 heli­copters will be deliv­ered on time. The EC725 fleet rep­re­sents a sig­nif­i­cant step towards strength­en­ing the Roy­al Malaysian Air Force’s capa­bil­i­ty. In addi­tion, coop­er­a­tion projects relat­ed to the sup­ply of the EC725s also are mov­ing along smooth­ly, ensur­ing that Malaysia’s avi­a­tion indus­try is devel­op­ing with the right skills and knowl­edge.”

As part of the EC725 con­tract, an agree­ment for 13 strate­gic coop­er­a­tion projects was signed – includ­ing the inte­gra­tion of Malaysian indus­try into Eurocopter’s glob­al sup­ply chain, and the devel­op­ment of joint ven­tures with local com­pa­nies to estab­lish an in-coun­try MRO (main­te­nance, repair and over­haul) facil­i­ty, a region­al EC725/EC225 full-flight sim­u­la­tor cen­ter, and oth­er capa­bil­i­ties. The MRO and flight sim­u­la­tor instal­la­tions are being cre­at­ed togeth­er with the Boustead Group, and all 13 coop­er­a­tive projects will be aligned with Malaysia’s goals of enhanc­ing its indus­tri­al capa­bil­i­ties and eco­nom­ic strength through tech­nol­o­gy trans­fer and strate­gic part­ner­ships.

To sup­port the deliv­er­ies of Malaysia’s new EC725s and enhance Eurocopter’s in-coun­try sup­port and ser­vices activ­i­ties, the company’s Euro­copter Malaysia sub­sidiary will be mov­ing in July 2012 from its main facil­i­ty in Sub­ang to a new, expand­ed site with­in the Malaysian Inter­na­tion­al Aero­space Cen­ter – dou­bling its capac­i­ty.

About Euro­copter

Estab­lished in 1992, the Fran­co-Ger­man-Span­ish Euro­copter Group is a divi­sion of EADS, a world leader in aero­space, defense and relat­ed ser­vices. The Euro­copter Group employs approx­i­mate­ly 17,500 peo­ple. In 2010, Euro­copter con­firmed its posi­tion as the world’s num­ber one heli­copter man­u­fac­tur­er in the civ­il and para­pub­lic mar­ket with a turnover of 4.8 bil­lion Euros, orders for 346 new heli­copters and a 49 per­cent mar­ket share in the civ­il and para­pub­lic sec­tors. Over­all, the Group’s heli­copters account for 33 per­cent of the total world­wide civ­il and para­pub­lic fleet. Eurocopter’s strong world­wide pres­ence is ensured by its 30 sub­sidiaries and par­tic­i­pa­tions on five con­ti­nents, along with a dense net­work of dis­trib­u­tors, cer­ti­fied agents and main­te­nance cen­ters. There are cur­rent­ly 11,360 Euro­copter heli­copters in ser­vice and some 2,900 cus­tomers in 149 coun­tries. Euro­copter offers the largest civ­il and mil­i­tary heli­copter range in the world. Web­site: www.eurocopter.com

About Euro­copter Malaysia

Euro­copter Malaysia was incor­po­rat­ed in 2002, and is the only heli­copter man­u­fac­tur­er with a com­pre­hen­sive net­work of main­te­nance, repair and over­haul (MRO) ser­vice cen­ters in Malaysia. With a work­force of 120 employ­ees and a pres­ence in Sub­ang, Miri and Kerteh, it pro­vides a broad spec­trum of ser­vices, rang­ing from sched­uled and unsched­uled main­te­nance, air­craft mod­i­fi­ca­tion (retro­fit, paint­ing, inte­ri­or refur­bish­ment and cus­tomiza­tion), as well logis­tics sup­port (spare parts, repairs and over­haul). Euro­copter Malaysia backs its sup­port offer with its inven­to­ry, 24-hour ser­vice, high­ly skilled work­ers and effi­cient logis­tic ser­vices. It has in its sta­ble some 20 local small and medi­um enter­pris­es as its ven­dors or part­ners. The com­pa­ny also is an autho­rized train­ing cen­ter, pro­vid­ing a range of ser­vices for cus­tomers from stan­dard train­ing to cus­tomized cours­es.

Web­site: www.eurocopter.com.my

More news and arti­cles can be found on Face­book and Twit­ter.

Fol­low GlobalDefence.net on Face­book and/or on Twit­ter

Team GlobDef

Team GlobDef

Seit 2001 ist GlobalDefence.net im Internet unterwegs, um mit eigenen Analysen, interessanten Kooperationen und umfassenden Informationen für einen spannenden Überblick der Weltlage zu sorgen. GlobalDefenc.net war dabei die erste deutschsprachige Internetseite, die mit dem Schwerpunkt Sicherheitspolitik außerhalb von Hochschulen oder Instituten aufgetreten ist.

Alle Beiträge ansehen von Team GlobDef →