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Airbus Helicopters takes H125 production line into the digital age

Airbus Helicopters takes H125 production line into the digital age

At a recent briefing at the Airbus Helicopters production tactility at Marignane in Southern France, HeliHub.com was shown a new system which has been set up on the H125/H130 line to monitor the progress of each aircraft and provide significantly more management data. In very simple terms, each helicopter moves down the line every three days… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 05-May-17

Order for 100 confirms Airbus H135 assembly line in China

Order for 100 confirms Airbus H135 assembly line in China

A Chinese consortium made up of China Aviation Supplies Holding Company (CAS), Qingdao United General Aviation Industrial Development Company (Qingdao United) and CITIC Offshore Helicopter Co. Ltd (COHC) has ordered 100 H135 light-twin helicopters, becoming China’s first customer to form an industrial partnership to launch a H135 final assembly line in Qingdao, Shandong province. This… Read more »

Source: Airbus, 13-Jun-16

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Bell moves 525 work to Lafayette to retain subsidies

Bell moves 525 work to Lafayette to retain subsidies

In an announcement yesterday, Bell has announced that the work for the cabin sub-assembly for the 525 Relentless will relocate from its planned location in Amarillo to the new plant being built at Lafayette, Louisiana.  At the same time they announced the 505 JetRanger X line will move to Mirabel in Canada. At the start… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 20-May-16

Massive turnround as Bell moves 505 JRX line to Canada

Massive turnround as Bell moves 505 JRX line to Canada

Bell has announced that the Bell 505 Jet Ranger X final assembly will relocate from Louisiana to the company’s Mirabel Assembly and Delivery Center in Canada. No clues were given as to why this move was made, but as recently as four weeks ago, the Montreal Gazette recorded the latest reduction of 60 employees at… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 20-May-16

Russian production of H135s to start in 2017

Russian production of H135s to start in 2017

Russian news agency TASS is saying that Airbus Helicopters expects that H135 helicopters will start to be produced in Russia in 2017. Ural Works of Civil Aviation (UWCA) has signed a license agreement with Airbus to assemble the H135, and the Russian factory expects this will start with the delivery of kits for four helicopters… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 17-May-16

Polish helicopter factory at Swidnik celebrates 60 years of production

Polish helicopter factory at Swidnik celebrates 60 years of production

The Special Rotorcraft Conference, which was held today in the Aviation Institute in Warsaw, inaugurated the celebrations of the 60th anniversary of the launch of helicopter production in PZL-Świdnik. The event was attended among others by Jarosław Gowin, the Deputy Prime Minister and the Minister of Science and Higher Education and representatives of the Armament… Read more »

Source: PZL Swidnik, 28-Apr-16

Bell axes another 60 at Mirabel – additional to the 200 in February

Bell axes another 60 at Mirabel – additional to the 200 in February

The axe is falling again at Bell’s Canadian plant in Mirabel, where at least sixty people will lose their jobs – these being addition to 200 layoffs announced by management in February.  See full story

25-Apr-16

Production starts for dual-control Mi-28NE

Production starts for dual-control Mi-28NE

Rostvertol, part of the Russian Helicopters holding company, has started mass production of Mi-28NE combat helicopter with dual controls. This allows operation of the helicopter by both a pilot and an operator pilot acting as an instructor. While retaining all the attack helicopter functions, Mi-28NE with dual controls considerably simplifies the military pilot training process…. Read more »

Source: Rostec, 22-Mar-16

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Airbus offers to shift Panther production line to India

Airbus offers to shift Panther production line to India

On Monday, Airbus Group offered to shift an assembly plant for its Panther helicopters to India from France.  See full story

Source: Marketwatch, 15-Mar-16

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Sikorsky explores Saudi production line with Taqnia Aeronautics

Sikorsky explores Saudi production line with Taqnia Aeronautics

Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin Company (NYSE: LMT) today signed an agreement with Taqnia Aeronautics to jointly explore helicopter production opportunities in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The new agreement outlines the investment, technology and skills needed to establish production jobs for Saudi citizens, and could lead to direct involvement in the assembly of Sikorsky S-70… Read more »

Source: Sikorsky, 25-Feb-16

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Urals Civil Aviation Plant signs deals with Airbus Helicopters and Turbomeca

Urals Civil Aviation Plant signs deals with Airbus Helicopters and Turbomeca

The OJSC Urals Civil Aviation Plant (UZGA, part of the state corporation Oboronprom) and the company Airbus signed a license contract for the production Airbus Helicopters H135s in Moscow on Jan. 25. See Full Story

Source: RBTH, 27-Jan-16

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Indian Prime Minister lays foundation stone of HAL helicopter facility

Indian Prime Minister lays foundation stone of HAL helicopter facility

Prime Minister, Mr. Narendra Modi laid the foundation stone for HAL’s new Helicopter Manufacturing Facility at BiderehallaKaval, Gubbi Taluk, Tumakuru, about 100 km from Bengaluru here today. “With this, the small village has come on the world-map as it would be manufacturing machines that would protect the country. It is no ordinary facility as the… Read more »

Source: HAL, 04-Jan-16

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MI-38 series production planned for 2016-2017

MI-38 series production planned for 2016-2017

[electronic translation] Director General of the Kazan Helicopter Plant, deputy general director of the holding”Russian Helicopters” Vadim Ligay shared with the magazine “Expert” secrets of success of the Kazan helicopter manufacturers.  – Vadim, as the Kazan Helicopter Plant is experiencing economic situation in the country and in the world? – In recent years, we have made a serious leap. Three… Read more »

Source: Russian Helicopters, 01-Oct-15

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Bell opens Lafayette Assembly Center for 505

Bell opens Lafayette Assembly Center for 505

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, announced today the Bell Helicopter Lafayette Assembly Center is officially open for business in Lafayette, La., where the company will assemble the new commercial helicopter, the Bell 505 Jet Ranger X. Louisiana Economic Development (LED) Secretary Steven Grissom and other state, regional and local officials joined Bell… Read more »

Source: Bell, 01-Sep-15

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Reliance Group releases plans for helicopter production line

Reliance Group releases plans for helicopter production line

The Anil Ambani-owned Reliance Group has selected Mihan near Nagpur in Maharashtra for developing India’s first smart city for the defence sector.See Full Story.

Source: The Times Of India, 06-Aug-15

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First US-produced AS350 AStar rolls off Columbus final assembly line

First US-produced AS350 AStar rolls off Columbus final assembly line

The first Airbus Helicopters AS350 AStar helicopter completely assembled in the U.S. has received airworthiness certification from the Federal Aviation Administration and will soon begin completion for delivery. The AS350 B3e rolled off the Airbus Helicopters Inc. final assembly line in Columbus, Miss. at the end of December, meeting a schedule set nearly two years… Read more »

Source: Airbus, 03-Mar-15

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Bell announces General Manager for new Lafayette 505 production facility

Bell announces General Manager for new Lafayette 505 production facility

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company (NYSE: TXT), announced today Paul Watts has accepted the position of general manager of the new Lafayette aircraft assembly facility. The site, announced in late 2013, will be the home of the Bell 505 Jet Ranger X program. Watts will assume this new role immediately while also maintaining his… Read more »

Source: Bell, 04-Jun-14

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Airbus Helicopters and Avicopter sign production agreement for 1,000 EC175s

Airbus Helicopters and Avicopter sign production agreement for 1,000 EC175s

Airbus Helicopters and China’s Avicopter (the helicopters business unit of AVIC) today signed a joint agreement for the production of 1,000 new-generation EC175/AC352 rotorcraft, in the presence of Chinese President Xi Jinping and French President François Hollande at the Elysée Palace in Paris. The agreement cements the industrial partnership between Airbus Helicopters and AVIC on… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 27-Mar-14

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Sikorsky and Turkey sign Black Hawk licensing and manufacturing agreements

Sikorsky and Turkey sign Black Hawk licensing and manufacturing agreements

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp. UTX +0.71% , has signed agreements with the Turkish government and key Turkish aerospace contractors that license Turkey’s aerospace industry to manufacture 109 T-70 helicopters (Turkish variants of Sikorsky’s S-70i™ International BLACK HAWK helicopter) for operation by the Turkish Government, and to assemble 109 S-70i™ helicopters… Read more »

Source: Sikorsky, 05-Mar-14

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Interstate Aviation Committee approves Russian AW139 production line

Interstate Aviation Committee approves Russian AW139 production line

HeliVert, a joint venture between Russian Helicopters and AgustaWestland, has received a Certificate of Approval from the Aviation Register of the Interstate Aviation Committee (AR IAC) for production of the AW139 commercial helicopter. The certificate is valid for two years. “The Certificate of Approval confirms the company’s right to assemble commercial AW139s in strict compliance… Read more »

Source: Russian Helicopters, 30-Jan-14

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Burmese Government denies Robinson factory plans in Rangoon

Burmese Government denies Robinson factory plans in Rangoon

Burma’s Department of Civil Aviation says there are no plans to allow Robinson to manufacture in Rangoon, refuting a recent report by the local Yangon Times daily. See full story

04-Dec-13

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AW189 enters full scale production

AW189 enters full scale production

AgustaWestland, a Finmeccanica company, is pleased to announce that the new generation AW189 8-tonne class helicopter has entered full scale production with the first two offshore-configured aircraft now on the final assembly line at AgustaWestland’s Vergiate plant in Italy. With EASA certification expected this summer, the first two offshore AW189s will be delivered by the… Read more »

Source: AgustaWestland, 19-Jun-13

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AW169 production line to be established at Philadelphia

AW169 production line to be established at Philadelphia

AgustaWestland, a Finmeccanica company, is pleased to announce that a final  assembly line for the new generation AW169 helicopter will be established at its AgustaWestland Philadelphia facility located at Northeast Philadelphia Airport in the United States of America. The first Philadelphia built AW169 helicopter will be inducted into the final assembly in May 2014 and… Read more »

Source: AgustaWestland, 01-May-13

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Enstrom appoints construction company for 77,000 sq.ft extension

Enstrom appoints construction company for 77,000 sq.ft extension

Enstrom Helicopter Corporation recently announced plans for expansion of its Menominee Michigan plant. The company has chosen Moyle Construction out of Houghton, Michigan to be the design-builder for the project. Other Moyle Construction projects in the local area have included the Country Inn & Suites in Marinette, WI and The Harbors in Menominee, MI. Enstrom’s… Read more »

Source: Enstrom, 24-Apr-13

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Eurocopter to set up production in Poland?

Eurocopter to set up production in Poland?

Polish press has been running a story over the last 2-3 days saying that Eurocopter is expecting to sign a deal on 4th April which will see them producing helicopters at the WZL-1 factory at Lodz in Poland. The newspapers are quoting the source as Barbara Texier, an employee of Eurocopter who had more recently… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 25-Mar-13

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AgustaWestland expects UK civil production to take off

AgustaWestland expects UK civil production to take off

AgustaWestland, the world’s second- largest helicopter maker, will start civil rotorcraft production in Britain if the company prevails in a competition to supply search-and-rescue choppers in the country, its chairman said (see full story)

07-Feb-13

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AgustaWestland targets Latin American production line with Embraer’s help

AgustaWestland targets Latin American production line with Embraer’s help

Embraer S.A. and AgustaWestland, a Finmeccanica company, today announced that they have signed a memorandum of understanding aiming at establishing a joint-venture which could lead to the production of AgustaWestland helicopters in Brazil to be marketed for both commercial and military use in Brazil and Latin America. “This is an important step for Embraer as… Read more »

Source: AgustaWestland, 21-Jan-13

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Property tax abatement entices Bell

Property tax abatement entices Bell

Amarillo City commissioners approved a 10-year property tax abatement for a new military assembly center for Bell (see full story)

Source: ABC7 Amarillo, 11-Jan-13

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Russian Helicopters to open Ka226 plant in India

Russian Helicopters to open Ka226 plant in India

During the visit of Russian President Vladimir Putin to India, Russian Helicopters, a subsidiary of Oboronprom, part of Russian Technologies State Corporation, and Elcom Systems Private Limited, part of the Indian investment conglomerate SUN Group, signed in New Delhi an agreement to set up in India a modern industrial facility for manufacturing of Russian helicopter… Read more »

Source: Russian Helicopters, 01-Jan-13

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Agreement signed for Mi-171 production in Brazil

Agreement signed for Mi-171 production in Brazil

[Electronic translation] On Friday, December 14, “Russian Technologies” and the largest arms manufacturer in Brazil Odebrecht Defensa e Technologia signed a memorandum of technology partnership. Cooperation to the design and creation of a joint venture for the production of helicopters, air defense systems, marine engineering and other areas. The delegation of the Brazilian company Odebrecht,… Read more »

Source: Rostechnologii, 19-Dec-12

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Robinson doubles R66 production rate

Robinson doubles R66 production rate

Robinson Helicopter Co have confirmed to HeliHub.com that they have doubled the R66 production rate from three a week at the start of 2012 to six a week at the back end of the year.  The company target is that the lead time for delivery should never be more than six months, and they had… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 04-Dec-12

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New Ka32 production line to open in China?

New Ka32 production line to open in China?

Beijing will begin the production of Russian multipurpose Ka-32 helicopters, Chinese media say. Spokespeople for the Russian Helicopters confirmed the fact of negotiations with China on the subject. (see full story)

Source: Prvada, 05-Oct-12

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Indian Rotorcraft breaks ground on production facility in Hyderabad

Indian Rotorcraft breaks ground on production facility in Hyderabad

Indian Rotorcraft is pleased to announce that a ground breaking ceremony was held today at Hyderabad’s Rajiv Gandhi International Airport, marking the start of construction of a new helicopter production facility and a new step in the development of the Indian aerospace industry. The ground breaking ceremony was conducted in the presence of Mr. Ratan… Read more »

Source: AgustaWestland, 15-Mar-12

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Russian military snubs Mi-34 to order 100 Eurocopters

Russian military snubs Mi-34 to order 100 Eurocopters

Moscow-based newspaper Vedomosti is today saying that Russia is preparing to order over 100 Eurocopter AS350 and AS355 helicopters to train military pilots.  The initial phase is a public procurement notice filed on Friday 17th February for 15 single- and 30 twin-engined helicopters, but with pricing to be based on an eventual order for over… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 22-Feb-12

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Russian Helicopters deny Mi-2 production restart

Russian Helicopters deny Mi-2 production restart

Russian Helicopters have denied the report in RIA Novosti earlier this week, in which they reported a new production line under the name Mi-2A would start in the Hebei Province in NE China later this year.  Our reporter Nikolai Vanesev even quoted the amount of money being invested in the project. “No smoke without fire”,… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 08-Feb-12

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Mi-2 production to restart – in China

Mi-2 production to restart – in China

While the Mi-2 was a Russian design, only the prototypes first flew in that country.  All the other 5,500 aircraft were produced by PZL at their plant in Swidnik, Poland, starting in 1966.  Production has now ceased there, although some overhauls are still done – including a current batch for the Polish Air Force. It… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 06-Feb-12

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Eurocopter extends partnership with Indonesian Aerospace

Eurocopter extends partnership with Indonesian Aerospace

Witnessed by French Prime Minister François Fillon in Jakarta, Eurocopter and PT. Dirgantara Indonesia (also known as Indonesian Aerospace) signed today a new teaming framework agreement, to continue the successful partnership which consists of industrial co-operation as well as marketing of Eurocopter products to Indonesian governmental entities. The first teaming framework agreement was signed between… Read more »

Source: Eurocopter, 02-Jul-11

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Ukraine plans helicopter manufacturing capability

Ukraine plans helicopter manufacturing capability

Ukraine is planning to begin manufacture of its own helicopters within a decade, the country’s Economic Development and Trade Minster Andrey Kluyev said on Wednesday.

Source: RIA Novosti, 05-May-11

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CH-53K production line opens at Palm Beach

CH-53K production line opens at Palm Beach

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. officially opened a new facility at its Florida Assembly and Flight Operations (FAFO) campus, establishing experimental assembly line operations for the new CH-53K heavy lift helicopter. Sikorsky Aircraft is a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX). Since 1959, United Technologies Corporation has been in operation in Palm Beach County with Pratt & Whitney… Read more »

Source: Sikorsky, 23-Mar-11

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Erickson, China mull over S64 production re-start

Erickson, China mull over S64 production re-start

The venerable S-64 heavylift twin helicopter could get new life under a memorandum of understanding between certificate holder Erickson Air-Crane and several companies in China, including Avicopter.

Source: China Defense Mashup, 19-Mar-11

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Eurocopter plots expansion in Indonesia

Eurocopter plots expansion in Indonesia

Eurocopter Indonesia is looking to expand its industrial partnership with PT Dirgantara Indonesia (PTDI) to enable the state-owned aerospace manufacturer to undertake substantial production of EC225 and EC725 models

Source: Janes, 12-Mar-11

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Eurocopter prepares to announce production line in China

Eurocopter prepares to announce production line in China

China’s Zhong-ou International Group and Eurocopter SA have recently signed an agreement that they would join forces to develop luxury business helicopters in mainland China.

Source: Trading Markets, 10-Feb-11

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Eurocopter to create production line in Querétaro, Mexico

Eurocopter to create production line in Querétaro, Mexico

Eurocopter will create a new industrial facility in Querétaro, Mexico to support its global production network, further reinforcing the company’s manufacturing capabilities while also augmenting its presence in the Latin American marketplace. This selection results from a comprehensive study to determine the optimum location for this latest production facility in Eurocopter’s international industrial network, with… Read more »

Source: Eurocopter, 09-Feb-11

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Kazakhstan buys 45 EC145s and signs production JV with Eurocopter

Kazakhstan buys 45 EC145s and signs production JV with Eurocopter

Two strategic agreements signed today establish the framework for Eurocopter’s creation of a 50/50 joint venture in Kazakhstan to assemble EC145 helicopters, along with the sale of 45 of these locally-assembled aircraft for government missions in the country. The first accord is a framework agreement between Eurocopter and Kazakhstan Engineering to create a 50/50 joint… Read more »

Source: Eurocopter, 28-Oct-10

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Oboronprom expects to double production at Kazan Helicopter Plant

Oboronprom expects to double production at Kazan Helicopter Plant

Oboronprom “expects to double production of JSC” Kazan Helicopter Plant, according to newspaper “Kommersant”

Source: Aviation Explorer, 14-Sep-10

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Hyderabad confirmed for Indian AW119 production line

Hyderabad confirmed for Indian AW119 production line

Indian Rotorcraft, a joint venture between Tatas and Italian helicopter company AgustaWestland, will set up a helicopter manufacturing unit at GMR’s aviation SEZ at the Rajiv Gandhi International Airport soon.

Source: Express Buzz, 08-Sep-10

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Ka-52 put into series production in Primorye

Ka-52 put into series production in Primorye

eneral Director of OAO AAC “Progress” Yuri Denisenko, said that the order for production of “Alligator” acted only at the end of last year

Source: AVE, 01-Sep-10

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Ka226T serial production to start in 2012

Ka226T serial production to start in 2012

The Ka-226T has a maximum takeoff weight of 4 tons with a payload of 1.45 tons Maximum altitude – 7,5 thousand meters Maximum speed helicopter is 230 km / h.

Source: AVE, 16-Aug-10

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Sikorsky to move Schweizer production to Pennsylvania

Sikorsky to move Schweizer production to Pennsylvania

Parent company Sikorsky has announced that it intends to move the production of Schweizer’s commercial helicopter lines to a Sikorsky facility at Coatesville, Pennsylvania

Source: Star Gazette, 05-Jul-10

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Russia looks to outsource production to China, India or Latin America

Russia looks to outsource production to China, India or Latin America

“Helicopters of Russia” (incl OPK Oboronprom) is hoping to set up production outside Russia within two years, according to a press conference on Tuesday.  General director of Oboronprom “Andrei Reus confirmed he is leading negotiations with China, India and Latin America

Source: AVN, 23-Jun-10

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Russian Helicopters and AgustaWestland break ground on new AW139 plant

Russian Helicopters and AgustaWestland break ground on new AW139 plant

22 June 2010 – Russian Helicopters (subsidiary of JSC UIC Oboronprom, part of Russian Technologies State Corporation) and AgustaWestland (a Finmeccanica company) are pleased to announce that the set up of a joint civil AW139 medium twin helicopter final assembly plant started with a ground-breaking ceremony, solemnly laying a time capsule in the base of… Read more »

Source: Russian Helicopters, 22-Jun-10

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PZL Mielec Rolls Out First BLACK HAWK Cabin Produced Outside the United States

Source: Sikorsky, 12-Mar-09

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First AW119 expected to roll off new Indian production line in 2011

First AW119 expected to roll off new Indian production line in 2011

AgustaWestland and Indian conglomerate Tata announce the signature of an MoU for the formation of an Indian joint venture company which will establish a final assembly line for the AW119 helicopter in India.

Source: AgustaWestland, 12-Feb-09

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