Spain’s Government Selects the NH 90 Helicopter for its Armed Forces
(Source: Eurocopter; issued May 20, 2005)
MARIGNANE, France --- Eurocopter welcomes the Spanish government’s choice of the NH90 helicopter for the modernization of its Armed forces.
Fabrice Brégier, President and CEO of the Eurocopter Group said: “After the selection last year of the Eurocopter’s Tiger Combat helicopter, this first batch of 45 NH90 helicopters for the Spanish Forces will definitely establish Spain as the third pillar of the Eurocopter group”.
As France, Germany and Australia did previously, Spain has now also selected the two most modern helicopter solutions in their category: the Tiger Combat helicopter and the NH90 Multipurpose helicopter.
This operational choice will also increase and secure in the long term Eurocopter Espana’s industrial presence in Albacete and Getafe as well as reinforce its Spanish partners.
Fabrice Brégier concluded saying: “This decision is an important signal as far as the European Defence construction is concerned and I am very proud that Eurocopter is contributing to it”.
The NH90 helicopter has already been ordered or selected by 12 other countries for a total of more than 350 aircraft plus options.
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 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.