Evolving Mission Requirements Keep Eurocopter in the Forefront
Eurocopter expects its participation in this year’s Dubai Air Show to underscore its competitiveness in the Middle East, as well as the EADS subsidiary company’s dedication to a continued local presence through partnerships and cooperation.
Some 600 Eurocopter helicopters fly a range of missions in the Middle East, from homeland defense and security to law enforcement, VIP transport, utility and offshore airlift for the oil and gas industry. The company’s exhibit here (Stand W860, Static display A49-A52/P14) features an NH 90, EC 725, EC 175, EC 145-T2 and AS 350-B3.
The NH 90 and EC 725 embody Eurocopter’s response to the Middle East’s evolving requirements for maritime surveillance, anti-piracy, security, search-and-rescue, border patrol and transport duties.
Meanwhile, the EC 175–the world’s newest medium twin-engine helicopter–will serve demanding airlift missions in support of the offshore petroleum industry. Eurocopter plans to start delivering the EC 175 to international customers at the end of next year.
An “evolved version” of the popular EC 145 twin, the EC 145-T2, incorporates new Arriel 2E engines along with the company’s Fenestron shrouded tail rotor, upgraded main and tail rotor gear boxes, new digital avionics and a four-axis autopilot. It responds to the Middle East’s need for law enforcement, border surveillance, medical airlift and other missions, according to Eurocopter.