KUALA LUMPUR: Eurocopter, a subsidiary of EADS and the world's leading helicopter manufacturer, has announced the purchase of two EC225s by the French Defense Ministry for the country's navy.
The two EC225s ordered by the French Armament Procurement Agency (DGA), will be the first to be operated by the French Navy, the company said in a statement on Tuesday.
The helicopters, to be used for search and rescue (SAR)missions off the coast of Brittany, are slated for delivery in the first half of 2010 and will be assigned to the Lanveoc naval air station in the Finistere region.
The EC225 is also the only helicopter in the world that offers automatic engine failure controls, whether during takeoff, cruise flight or hoisting operations.
These features are crucial for flight safety and allow flight crews to perform more effective missions - even in the extreme operating conditions often confronted by sea SAR teams. - Bernama
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