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The first Serial NH90 presented at ILA 2004 in Berlin - A major Achievement for the European Helicopter Industry

Eurocopter and its partner companies in the NHIndustries consortium, Agusta and Stork Fokker, are proud to announce that the first serial NH90 helicopter to come off the Eurocopter production line in Germany is publicly presented at the ILA Berlin Air Show on May 11th. The aircraft performed its maiden flight last week on May 4th at Eurocopter's Donauwörth facility in Germany. In the expert hands of Herbert Graser, Manfred Kuck (Test Pilots) and Laurent Palcy (Flight Test Engineer), the aircraft designated "TGEA01" flew 2 hours and 5 minutes, thus demonstrating the high degree of proficiency and mastery of the NH90 programme.

ILA/Berlin, 11 May 2004

This event comes precisely four years after the official production go-ahead was given at ILA 2000 and is commemorated in a ceremony attended by the German Minister of Defence, Dr. Peter Struck, a large number of international, high-ranking government and military officials as well as industry and media representatives. Launch customer for this latest-technology, medium-size class helicopter will be the German Bundeswehr.

Based on the contracts signed by NAHEMA (NATO Helicopter Management Agency), representing France, Germany, Italy, Portugal and The Netherlands, and NHIndustries, Eurocopter (62.5%), Agusta (32%) and Stork Fokker (5.5%) have jointly developed and are currently producing the NH90 tactical transport and naval helicopters.

NH90 is the biggest helicopter programme ever launched in Europe, with firm orders for presently 325 units and options for a further 86. By country, the order status is: 27 units on order by France; 80 units on order plus 54 on option by Germany; 116 units on order plus 1 on option by Italy; 20 units on order by the Netherlands; 10 units on order by Portugal; 20 units on order by Finland; 14 units on order plus 10 on option by Norway; 18 units on order plus 7 on option by Sweden; and 20 units on order plus 14 on option by Greece.

Fabrice Brégier, President and CEO of Eurocopter, emphasized the immense importance of the programme to the European industry. "NH90 is taking us into the top league of international military suppliers in a market previously dominated by U.S. manufacturers. Not only by the orders and options placed by the participating nations, but also by winning export competitions, which all together make it the biggest unit order ever placed for one single helicopter type in Europe", noted Brégier. "The NH90 is the most advanced and capable helicopter in its class worldwide, opening up excellent export opportunities for us."

The NH90 has been designed from the outset as a multi-role weapons system. The tactical transport (TTH) and naval (NFH) variants of the helicopter share a common basic helicopter in a modular design. Dedicated, specialized mission equipment packages allow for maximum flexibility in operations. Special emphasis has been given to features such as safety, reliability, availability, maintainability, testability, and supportability. The diamond shape of the all-composite, corrosion-free airframe combines optimal aerodynamics with low detectability. Optimized man-machine interface significantly reduces pilot and crew workload. The NH90's

superior handling qualities are enhanced by a fly-by-wire flight control system, making it the first production helicopter in the world to feature this advanced technology.

Due to its inherent multi-mission capability, the NH90 will greatly enhance interoperability of the European armed forces in NATO and United Nations missions, contribute to the standardization of equipment and to the rationalization of costs, training and logistics.

Eurocopter is a wholly-owned subsidiary of EADS. EADS is a global leader in aerospace, defence and related services. In 2003, EADS generated revenues of € 30.1 billion and employed a workforce of about 109,000. The EADS Group includes the aircraft manufacturer Airbus, the world's largest helicopter supplier Eurocopter and the joint venture MBDA, the second-largest missile producer in the global market. EADS is the major partner in the Eurofighter consortium, is the prime contractor for the Ariane launcher, develops the A400M military transport aircraft and is the largest industrial partner for the European satellite navigation system Galileo.

For further information, please contact:
Jean-Louis ESPES
Eurocopter
Aéroport International Marseille Provence
13725 Marignane Cedex - France
Tel.: + 33 (0)4 42 85 95 55
Fax: + 33 (0)4 42 85 95 64

Chantal LINARES
Eurocopter
Aéroport International Marseille Provence
13725 Marignane Cedex - France
Tel.: + 33 (0)4 42 85 95 55
Fax: + 33 (0)4 42 85 95 64



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