Eurocopter headed for Dubai airshow


Eurocopter is for the first time demonstrating its Tiger attack helicopter and EC175 utility transport in the Middle East, debuting them there at this weekend’s Dubai Airshow.

The Tiger combat helicopter will be performing daily flight presentations while the EC175, the latest helicopter of the Eurocopter civil range and due to fly for the first time before the end of the year, will be at the EADS stand as a full scale mock-up.

Eurocopter group President and CEO Dr. Lutz Bertling says the company wanted to showcase its “commitment to always provide its customers around the world with the best mission capabilities we have developed over the years.

“We have had a long-lasting presence in the region and we are confident that we will continue our trustworthy relationship for our mutual benefit.”

The Tiger is a most modern anti-tank and fire support helicopter, also designed for Scout/escort missions and air-to-air combat and is being presented to several potential customers of the Middle-East region for the first time.

The EC175 is the last generation 7-ton class aircraft capable of fulfilling missions in various segments including oil and gas, search and rescue, corporate and VIP transportation.

Eurocopter has been present in the Middle East for over thirty years.

“Eurocopter’s commitment to meet the specific requirements of civil operators and Armed Forces resulted in more than 650 Eurocopter helicopters flying in the Arab world both for civil and military operators,” the company said in a statement.

“With the widest fleet of helicopters, Eurocopter can cover all kind of operations, including offshore, emergency medical service, homeland security, corporate transport and military missions.”

Recent significant contracts include the delivery to Falcon Aviation Services (FAS) of the first EC135 ‘l’Hélicoptère par Hermès’ as the ultimate style in flight, the delivery of EC225 to Oman, additional EC135 off-shore to PAS in Egypt, delivery of AS350 B3 Ecureuil to Frontier Corps in Pakistan, and several Dauphin N3 and EC155 helicopters for VVIPs of Gulf States.

Eurocopter has also always been very active in providing the best support to its numerous customers in their daily operations.

It was recently awarded the overhaul of several Puma and Super Puma military fleet in the Arab world.

Eurocopter opened in 2007 a maintenance centre together with Falcon Aviation Services (FAS) its long-standing partner in the UAE. The agreement between both companies was renewed last month.

Adding onto its existing platform in Abu Dhabi, this centre provides full maintenance and revision services for Eurocopter helicopters and reinforces the company’s customer support network in the region.

Pic: The Eurocopter Bluecopter at this year’s Paris Air Show