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We Have Requested the MoD for More Visibility About The Serious Possible Delay of the On-Going Procurement Case for 197 RSH Helicopters

Eurocopter India CEO, Xavier Hay and vice president, sales and customers relation, South Asia, Eurocopter, Rainer Farid


What will be Eurocopter’s focus at Aero India 2013? Will you be bringing any aircraft for display, both static and flying?
Xavier: We will have the AS565 MB naval Panther with full armaments on static display. For civilian models, we will have scale models of the newly launched EC130 T2 and EC175 at the EADS stand. We have also arranged for an AS350 B3e from our customer Davangere Sugar to operate demo flights for potential buyers.

What innovative rotary wing technologies will Eurocopter showcase during the show?
Xavier: The EC130 T2 is the latest version of the EC130 that was unveiled at Heli Expo last year. It features an upgraded gearbox and a new Turbomeca Arriel 2D engine, providing 10 per cent more average power than the engine in the previous EC130 B4 version. Performance improvements for the EC130 T2 include a higher maximum gross takeoff weight (2,500 kg for internal loads and 3,050 kg for external loads) and a speed increase of up to 10 knots.
The EC175, a brand new seven-tonne twin-engine helicopter, which is expected to begin deliveries in the third quarter of this year in the oil and gas configuration, has demonstrated excellent performance during the first flight of its no. 1 series-production.
Its recommended cruise speed is 150 knots – 10 knots faster than the previous figure without affecting payload range – while the maximum cruise speed exceeds 165 knots, all at extremely low vibration levels.
The EC175 avionics extends the EC225’s undisputed superiority of in-flight envelope protection, pilot assistance and situational awareness and includes the most innovative alerting and self-monitoring system. ‘Helionix’ meets the latest international avionics standards, and makes the EC175 the second aircraft to apply them – after the Airbus A380.
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