Kazakhstan has signed a letter of intent to acquire 20 Eurocopter EC725 helicopters, marking a major new commitment for this medium-lift rotorcraft. These aircraft, which will be assembled in Kazakhstan, will be used by the countryâ€™s Ministry of Defense in a full range of mission applications.
The agreement, formalized at this monthâ€™s KADEX-2012 military exposition in Astana, further expands Kazakhstanâ€™s relationship as a Eurocopter helicopter operator and industrial partner. It also provides a helicopter that is complementary to Eurocopterâ€™s EC145, for which Kazakhstan is purchasing 45 under terms of a framework contract involving in-country assembly by the Eurocopter Kazakhstan Engineering 50/50 joint venture at Astana.
â€œWith an ongoing success story based on the EC145 assembled locally in Astana, Eurocopter is proud to strengthen its strategic partnership with the Republic of Kazakhstan and Kazakhstan Engineering. Based on both a long term plan and mutual trust, our joint goal is to create a sustainable helicopter industry in Kazakhstanâ€ said Olivier Lambert, Eurocopterâ€™s Senior Vice President for Sales and Customer Relations. â€œWe are confident that the unequalled versatility and operational performances of the EC725 make it the best choice to fulfill 21st century operational requirementsâ€.
The EC725 is a member of Eurocopterâ€™s 11-metric-ton Cougar military helicopter family. The most recent contracts have been signed with several military services including France, Brazil, Mexico, Malaysia, and recently Indonesia. Its capabilities are being clearly demonstrated by the rotorcraftâ€™s current Afghanistan deployment with the French Forces in its Caracal version.
Designed for operations from land and ships, the multi-role EC725 is equipped with a de-icing system and is qualified for flight in cold weather conditions. Its avionics includes a four-axis autopilot, and the helicopterâ€™s large cabin is complemented by the ability to carry a range of armament and sensors.
Thanks to all of these equipments, the EC725 will allow a large panel of missions that includes tactical transport, Search and Rescue (SAR), special operations (C.SAR), naval operations (from ships and land).
The Republic of Kazakhstan has already chosen the civil version of the EC725 (EC225) for governmental VIP transportation.
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