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Lithuanian Border Guard orders Eurocopter EC 135 and EC 145

The Lithuanian Border Guard has placed an order for two EC 135 and one EC 145 light-twin engine helicopters to complement its fleet of two single-engine EC 120s which have been in service since 2003. The contract is worth € 18 million. Lithuania thereby joins the large number of law enforcement and homeland security agencies in Europe already operating these helicopter types, and becomes fully compliant with European Commission and Schengen Agreement standards. The three new helicopters will be delivered by the end of 2006.

Marignane, 27 February 2006

Lithuania has a border of about 650 kilometers with Belarus and a border of almost 300 kilometers with Russia. The Eurocopter helicopters are suitable for border patrol operations as well as police service and will be used according to the demands of the structural subdivisions under the Ministry of the Interior. The EC 135s will be deployed at the country’s eastern frontier with Belarus and used for overland patrol. The EC 145 will be deployed at the Baltic Sea and used for the Coast Guard as well as for the guard of the frontier of the Kaliningrad district (Russia). It will be operated according to the Kaliningrad District Transit Program.

The EC 135 and the EC 145 are the reference helicopters for law enforcement and homeland security agencies in Europe. Prestigeous customers already include the German Federal Police, the French Securité Civile and Gendarmerie, the Spanish Guardia Civil, Irish Garda and Irish Air Corps, London Metropolitan Police Authority and other UK police forces, as well as police helicopter squadrons in Sweden, Norway, Germany, the Czech Republic, Romania and the United States.

Eurocopter has adapted its line of light twin-engine helicopters very specifically to meet the demands of law enforcement and homeland security agencies. While the EC 135 has established itself as the standard police helicopter all over Europe, the larger EC 145 is a perfect complement with its ability to rapidly deliver a number of officers or heavy equipment to the scene of an incident. This ability is particularly relevant in the new climate of extra vigilance against terrorism.

Eurocopter’s new generation of light twins is notable for their spacious and unobstructed cabins which are easily accessible through large side sliding doors and rear clamshell doors and can be easily reconfigured. A broad variety of mission equipment packages is certified and available, such as for surveillance, search and rescue, emergency medical services, quick reaction missions, firefighting, training or passenger transportation.

The helicopters have night-vision goggle compatible, digital cockpits, and can be fitted with FLIR (Forward Looking Infrared), search light, rescue hoist and cargo hook, as the customer specifies. Besides, both the EC 135 and the EC 145 have the lowest noise emission is their respective classes, a fact well appreciated by operators who regularly fly over urban and built-up areas, or undertake surveillance and night missions and wish to remain undetected

Eurocopter is a wholly-owned subsidiary of EADS. EADS is a global leader in aerospace, defence and related services. In 2004, EADS generated revenues of € 31.8 billion and employed a workforce of about 110,000. The EADS Group includes the aircraft manufacturer Airbus, the world's largest helicopter supplier Eurocopter and the joint venture MBDA, the international leader in missile systems. 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 more information, please contact:
Jean Louis ESPES
Tel.: + 33 (0)4 42 85 95 55
Fax: + 33 (0)4 42 85 95 64
mailto: jean-louis.espes@eurocopter.com

Christina GOTZHEIN
Tel.: + 49 (0) 89 6000 64 88
Fax: + 49 (0) 89 6000 44 37
mailto: christina.gotzhein@eurocopter.com

Jesus RUIZ
Tel.: + 34 91 379 66 04
Fax: + 34 91 379 66 10
mailto: jesus.ruiz@eurocopter.com

Christopher BACH
Tel.: +49 (0) 906 71 45 65
Fax: +49 (0) 906 71 39 39
mailto: christopher.bach@eurocopter.com

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