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Airbus Helicopters and IAR sign exclusive agreement for H215M in Romania

Airbus Helicopters and IAR have signed an exclusive cooperation agreement for the heavy twin engine H215M multi-role helicopter. IAR will become the prime contractor for the H215M for any future order by the Romanian Ministry of Defence to replace their ageing fleet.

2017-04-13 17:36:39

"We are proud to have signed this general agreement that results from almost 50 years of cooperation between IAR and Airbus Helicopters," said Neculai Banea, general director of IAR. "IAR has built around 360 helicopters under license thanks to this successful partnership with Airbus Helicopters and we are looking forward to customizing and supporting the H215M."

Airbus Helicopters has been present in Romania for over 15 years through its Airbus Helicopters Romania, a company with about 75 percent of its turnover achieved through export contracts.

Airbus Helicopters Industries, a new 10,000 sqm factory based in Brasov, was inaugurated in 2016 and will house production of the H215 in Romania. Airbus Helicopters delivered 418 helicopters in 2016, five per cent more than in 2015, in the context of a shrinking market, while maintaining its position on the public-private and civil segments of the market



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