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Spanish government authorizes the signature of a contract with Eurocopter for the acquisition of 45 NH90 helicopters for its Armed Forces

Marignane, 22 December 2006

After the decision adopted by the Spanish Government last May 2005 relating to the acquisition of NH90 helicopters, the Council of Ministers has approved today the signature of a contract to supply the Spanish Armed Forces with an initial order of 45 helicopters for its fleet modernization.

This approval launches the renovation and modernisation program of the medium helicopter transport fleet of the Ministry of Defence. It reinforces the role of Eurocopter España as the third pillar of Eurocopter.

The NH90 can carry up from 16 to 20 equipped troops and its versatility makes the NH90 suitable for all types of land and naval missions, such as troop transport, amphibious operations, search and rescue and counter-terrorism. The twin-engine NH90 is the world’s most advanced multi-role helicopter which integrates fly-by-wire technology, along with the latest composite materials to minimize corrosion and maximize survivability and life cycle.

The first deliveries of this initial contract of 45 units will take place in 2010 in its tactical transport version.

The new plant of Eurocopter España, sited in Albacete which will be officially opened during the first quarter of 2007, will assume the assembly of the NH 90 helicopters as well as the manufacturing of the front fuselage of which Eurocopter España will be the sole supplier. The assembly and manufacturing of the rear fuselage of the combat helicopters Tiger and the manufacturing of the EC 135 purchased by the Spanish Ministry of Interior will be also carried out at the Albacete plant.

Selected by 14 countries (France, Finland, Germany, Greece, Italy, Norway, Portugal, Sultanate of Oman, Australia, Sweden, Netherland, Spain, New Zeland and Belgium), the NH 90 is the most advanced multipurpose helicopter manufactured by Eurocopter and has been designed to satisfy the operational requirements of the worldwide Armed Forces. The NH90 is the result of a program based in the international co-operation with the local industry of the purchasing countries and has two versions: tactical transport (TTH) and naval (NFH).

About Eurocopter

Established in 1992, the Franco-German-Spanish Eurocopter Group is a Division of EADS, one of the top three aerospace companies in the world, is a world leader in aerospace, defence and related services. The Eurocopter Group employs approx. 13,000 people. In 2005, Eurocopter confirmed its position as the world’s No. 1 helicopter manufacturer with a turnover of 3.2 billion euros, orders for 401 new helicopters, and a 52 percent market share in the civil and parapublic sectors. Overall, the Group’s products account for 30 percent of the total world helicopter fleet. Its strong worldwide presence is ensured by its 16 subsidiaries on five continents, along with a dense network of distributors, certified agents and maintenance centers. More than 9,500 Eurocopter helicopters are currently in service with over 2,500 customers in 139 countries. Eurocopter offers the largest civil and military helicopter range in the world.

For more information, please contact:

Jesus RUIZ Eurocopter
Tel.: +34 91 379 66 04
Cellphone: +34 690 88 88 80

Christina GOTZHEIN Eurocopter
Tel.: + 49 (0) 89 60 00 64 88
Cellphone: +49 (0) 151 14 22 92 43

Cécile VION-LANCTUIT Eurocopter
Tel.: +33 (0) 1 49 34 45 55
Cellphone: +33 (0) 6 72 83 90 67

Christopher BACH Eurocopter
Tel.: +49 (0) 906 71 45 65
Cellphone: +49 (0) 151 14 22 90 89

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