11-May-2010 Source: Eurocopter
The mission capabilities of Eurocopter helicopters produced for Middle East military services and law enforcement agencies are being highlighted at this weekâ€™s 2010 Special Operations Forces Exhibition and Conference (SOFEX) in Jordan.
Eurocopterâ€™s participation at SOFEX 2010 includes the exhibit of AS350 B3 and EC635 rotary-wing aircraft from the Royal Jordanian Air Force, along with display of the Stand-Alone Weapon System (SAWS) developed by Eurocopter and airborne systems integrator ATE.
â€œWe are proud of our helicoptersâ€™ role in the protection and homeland security of Jordan and other Middle East countries, which is a result of our companyâ€™s more than 30-year presence in this region,â€ said Eurocopter Senior Vice President Olivier Lambert. â€œToday, there are over 650 Eurocopter rotary-wing aircraft in the Arab worldâ€™s inventory with military services, law enforcement agencies and civilian operators.â€
More than 30 Eurocopter helicopters fly in the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan. The Royal Jordanian Air Forceâ€™s current Eurocopter inventory includes AS332 Super Pumas for troop transport and search & rescue, AS350s for pilot training and VIP airlift, and EC635s for multi-mission duties. In addition, the countryâ€™s Public Security Air Wing operates EC635s and BO105s.
The long-term support of Jordanâ€™s helicopter fleet is a priority for Eurocopter, including the companyâ€™s commitment to work with local industry for maintenance, repair and overhaul activity. This relationship will bring Eurocopterâ€™s technical competence together with capabilities of the countryâ€™s aeronautics industry.
Eurocopterâ€™s other products and capabilities for Jordan and the Middle East are illustrated at SOFEX 2010 by its display of scale models of the Tiger attack helicopter, and the EC725 Caracal for combat search & rescue (C-SAR) and special operations. The combat-proven Tiger is the newest attack helicopter in operation today, and the Caracal is the most modern C-SAR rotary-wing aircraft, which also is well suited for special operations.
Also shown at SOFEX 2010 is the Stand-Alone Weapon System (SAWS), which is tailored for Eurocopterâ€™s military helicopter product range, including the EC635, AS550 Fennec and the new EC645. The SAWS solution matches the increased market demand for helicopters with weapon systems capable of meeting evolving mission scenarios in both current and future conflicts.
The SOFEX 2010 show is being held May 10-13 at the King Abdullah I Airbase in Marka.
Established in 1992, the Franco-German-Spanish Eurocopter Group is a division of EADS, a world leader in aerospace, defense and related services. The Eurocopter Group employs approximately 15,600 people. In 2009, Eurocopter confirmed its position as the worldâ€™s No. 1 helicopter manufacturer in the civil and parapublic market, with a turnover of 4.6 billion euros, orders for 344 new helicopters, and a 52 percent market share in the civil and parapublic sectors. Overall, the Groupâ€™s products account for 30 percent of the total world helicopter fleet. Its strong worldwide presence is ensured by its 18 subsidiaries on five continents, along with an extensive network of distributors, certified agents and maintenance centers. More than 10,500 Eurocopter helicopters currently are in service with over 2,800 customers in more than 140 countries. Eurocopter offers the largest civil and military helicopter range in the world.