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Helibras and ATE signed a Technical Cooperation for Military Helicopters

Le Bourget, PARIS AIRSHOW 2007, 22 June 2007

Helibras, Eurocopter subsidiary in Brazil, and ATE have just signed a technical cooperation agreement concerning their helicopter program activities.

Both companies have decided to take advantage of their complementarities to develop their cooperation in Brazil, in the field of military helicopter modernization and acquisition programs requiring specific and complex system development and integration. Thanks to this agreement, both companies will develop conditions to offer Brazilian customers and operators more flexible and adapted solutions, with a significant local content. Several cooperation projects are already considered by Helibras and ATE.

ATE - Advanced Technology and Engineering is a South African company with an extensive record in integrated mission systems development, aircraft upgrade, retrofit and modernization and integration of advanced technologies equipment and components into military vehicles.

Helibras - Helicópteros do Brasil S.A is a Brazilian company, incorporated in 1978 and the only helicopter manufacturer in Latin America. It is part of the Eurocopter group, includes final assembly lines, MRO facilities, a training center, a design office and a flight operations department. It has delivered more than 500 helicopters to date.

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.
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