Shanghai Public Security Bureau Signs a Contract with Eurocopter for 3 Helicopters
Marignane, 02 May 2007
Shanghai Public Security Bureau and Eurocopter signed a contract for three helicopters on April 28th in Shanghai in the presence of Mr. Wu Zhiming, Director of Shanghai Helicopter Procurement Project Committee, Director General of Shanghai Public Security Bureau, Secretary of Shanghai Municipal Committee of Political and Legislative Affairs and Member of the Municipal Standing Committee.
Shanghai Public Security Bureau purchased two light twin-engine EC135 and one medium twinengine EC155. The EC135 combines superior performance, mission versatility, high flight safety with an unchallenged 98 percent availability. This powerful and extremly quiet helicopter is now established as the most successful lightweight twin-engine helicopter. The EC155 is a member of the famous Dauphin family, widely used by law enforcement authorities, such as the US Coast Guards that are operating 96 helicopters of this type. The EC155 features the new generation of helicopter in terms of passenger comfort, piloting aid, safety and performance. With long range capabilities, it is particularly adapted for troop transport operations and VIP transport.These helicopters will be used by the Shanghai Public Security Bureau for police missions, including air patrol and air reconnaissance. They will also be deployed for other public missions such as emergency medical service, fire-fighting, evacuations as well as directing road traffic. Shanghai is purchasing helicopters in line with the national police aviation policy. A police helicopter squad will be set up in the municipal public security bureau, which is positioned to provide police services and serve other administrative functions of the government.
This new success comforts Eurocopter’s leading position on the Chinese civil and parapublic market with more than 45% of this market. Shanghai Public Security Bureau will be the new police force in China to be equipped with Eurocopter helicopters, after the Guangdong police, which operates today one EC135 and one EC120. Eurocopter is today the number one helicopter supplier for the civil and parapublic world market, especially for the homeland security market with over 50% market share. 180 police forces are today Eurocopter customers totaling a fleet of more than 1000 helicopters in service. As an effective tool in modern urban administration, helicopters are widely used in the world’s major cities where they are playing a bigger and bigger role.
Mr. Norbert Ducrot, Eurocopter Senior Vice President, declared during the signature ceremony: “We are very honored to count Shanghai as a new customer among other prestigious cities in the world such as Los Angeles, Berlin and London. Beyond the high quality and performance of our helicopters, we demonstrated to the Shanghai Public Security Bureau our ability to provide them with the best technical support on the long run, so that can concentrate on their daily operations."
Eurocopter has been present in China for the last 40 years and has implemented since 2003 a helicopter dedicated maintenance center in association with COHC (Citic Offshore Helicopter Company) in Shenzen. Further to that, Eurocopter China Co Ltd was opened in 2006 to centralize commercial operations and provide reinforced and closest assistance to its customers.
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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