Spare parts and services for the entire Brazilian Armed Forces’ EC725 helicopter fleet

Eurocopter’s Heli­bras sub­sidiary to pro­vide spare parts and ser­vices for the entire Brazil­ian Armed Forces’ EC725 heli­copter fleet The Heli­bras sub­sidiary of Euro­copter will sup­ply and man­age all spare parts, stocks and relat­ed tech­ni­cal sup­port for the Brazil­ian armed forces’ fleet of 50 EC725 heli­copters, offer­ing sig­nif­i­cant sav­ings and oper­a­tional syn­er­gies for the country’s three mil­i­tary ser­vices oper­at­ing the twin-engine rotary-wing air­craft. Euro­copterEu­ro­copter This respon­si­bil­i­ty is being assigned to Heli­bras under terms of a five-year con­tract, which marks the first such agree­ment involv­ing all three branch­es of Brazil’s mil­i­tary ser­vices. The accord is val­ued at approx­i­mate­ly 150 mil­lion Brazil­ian Reais ( 62 mil­lion euros), and cov­ers the 50 EC725s being assem­bled at Heli­bras’ new man­u­fac­tur­ing facil­i­ty in Ita­jubá for the Brazil­ian armed forces.

“The estab­lish­ment of strate­gic stocks specif­i­cal­ly for the Brazil­ian mil­i­tary will lead to impor­tant sav­ings in the pur­chase of spare parts,” said Heli­bras CEO Eduar­do Mar­son Fer­reira. “No longer will it be nec­es­sary for each branch of the armed forces to have its own sup­ply struc­ture, since Heli­bras will take care of every­thing.” Includ­ed in Heli­bras’ activ­i­ty will be heli­copter inspec­tion, over­haul and repair, as well as the deploy­ment of teams to pro­vide on-site ser­vices at bases where EC725s are locat­ed.

The first three EC725s deliv­ered to the Brazil­ian armed forces in Decem­ber 2010 are now being oper­at­ed by the country’s army, navy and air force.

The EC725 is Eurocopter’s lat­est ver­sion of its Super Puma/Cougar heli­copter fam­i­ly. As a high­ly capa­ble rotary-wing air­craft in the 11-met­ric ton cat­e­go­ry, the EC725 is designed for mul­ti­ple mis­sions, includ­ing com­bat SAR (search and res­cue), long-range tac­ti­cal trans­port, aeromed­ical trans­port, logis­tic sup­port and naval mis­sions.

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 11,200 Euro­copter heli­copters in ser­vice and some 2,900 cus­tomers in 147 coun­tries. Euro­copter offers the largest civ­il and mil­i­tary heli­copter range in the world.

For more infor­ma­tion, please con­tact:
Stéphane CHERY
Head of Inter­na­tion­al Media Rela­tions
Euro­copter Tel.: +33 4 42 85 60 51 Fax: +33 4 42 85 89 70


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