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Eurocopter and UK Ministry of Defence Sign Contract for Puma Upgrade Assessment

Paris, PARIS AIR SHOW 2007, 21 June 2007

Eurocopter has today been awarded by the UK’s Ministry of Defence an Assessment Phase (AP) contract for the Life Extension Programme for the RAF’s fleet of Puma Mk1 helicopters.

The programme will be based on a comprehensive upgrades, including new Turbomeca ‘Makila’ engines, a ‘glass’ cockpits, and new communications,navigation and defensive systems for up to 35 of the RAF Puma Mk1 helicopters.

The new Pumas, which will be designated Puma HC Mk2, will consequently be capable of remaining in service until around 2022. Their performance and payload will be significantly enhanced, particularly in hot and high conditions, . The Assessment Phase, scheduled for the next 12 months, will consider the detailed technical, operational and cost implications of the upgrade. Successful completion of the AP will lead to a full Development and Manufacture contract for delivery of the main programme.

In a development reflecting the Defence Industrial Strategy’s emphasis on an improved business environment, Eurocopter and the MOD will manage the AP in a Joint Project Office, soon to open in Bristol.

As the backbone of the RAF’s fleet of medium lift helicopters, the Pumas continue to play a vital role in operational theatres such as Iraq, delivering very high operational readiness levels.

Commenting on the announcement, DG Helicopters Jonathan Lyle said: “The contract represents an important new phase in our relationship with Eurocopter. It offers the RAF the prospect of significantly enhanced Puma capability. We look forward to working with Eurocopter in the integrated Joint Project Office and to building a better understanding of how to enhance and sustain the UK Puma fleet into the future.”

About Eurocopter
Established in 1992, the Franco-German-Spanish Eurocopter Group is a Division of EADS, a world leader in aerospace, defence and related services. The Eurocopter Group employs approx. 14,000 people. In 2006, Eurocopter confirmed its position as the world’s No. 1 helicopter manufacturer with a turnover of 3.8 billion euros, orders for 615 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 17 subsidiaries on five continents, along with a dense network of distributors, certified agents and maintenance centres. More than 9,800 Eurocopter helicopters are currently in service with over 2,800 customers in 140 countries. Eurocopter offers the largest civil and military helicopter range in the world.

100 years of vertical flight
In 1907, Paul Cornu performed history’s first ever vertical flight. Since then, thanks to pioneering spirits, technological advances and innovative minds, the helicopter has become a key to saving lives, protecting citizens and contributing to economic development the world over. In 2007, Eurocopter is proud to celebrate this anniversary and to share its passion for helicopters.
For more information, please contact:

Jesus RUIZ
Eurocopter
Tel.: +34 91 379 66 04
Cellphone: +34 690 88 88 80
mailto: jesus.ruiz@eurocopter.com

Christina GOTZHEIN
Eurocopter
Tel.: + 49 (0) 89 60 00 64 88
Cellphone: +49 (0) 151 14 22 92 43
mailto: christina.gotzhein@eurocopter.com

Cécile VION-LANCTUIT
Eurocopter
Tel.: +33 (0) 1 49 34 45 55
Cellphone: +33 (0) 6 72 83 90 67
mailto: cecile.vion-lanctuit@eurocopter.com

Christopher BACH
Eurocopter
Tel.: +49 (0) 906 71 45 65
Cellphone: +49 (0) 151 14 22 90 89
mailto: christopher.bach@eurocopter.com

www.eurocopter.com



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