Helibras signs two EC725 supplier contracts

Helibras signs two EC725 supplier contracts 1 Oct, 11, Source: Heilbras

(Electronic translation from local language)

Helibras signed two contracts with Brazilian suppliers of engineering services and logistics, continuing its expansion program for design and development, in Itajubá (MG), settings of 50 EC725 helicopters purchased by the military.

They are the SDV Brazil, which will provide logistics services and inventory management and Akaer, for engineering services. They already are 14 companies with operations in the country which will develop the characteristics necessary for local production of aircraft.

“The more these companies being added to the program EC725, Helibras advances in meeting the commitment signed with the Ministry of Defence to provide a national aggregate content of 50% in those helicopters. It is a strategic activity that will contribute to the development of national industry and which will also be important in order to conceive in the medium term, a Brazilian helicopter, “explains Eduardo Marson, president of Helibras.

SDV Brazil will carry all the parts and pieces of EC725 from Europe, and will also manage a new 2,500 m² facility being built in the city of Itajubá-MG, which will be stored in all about 40 000 components for each unit of the new helicopter.

“The SDV Brazil is consolidated as a provider of logistics services and international transportation. Helibras signed with this great project in a spirit of partnership in the long term. This concrete implementation of a strategic advantage and will be part of a program of historical importance to Brazil. The know-how of the SDV, both in logistics activities and in the Aerospace and Defense industry, two of our key business areas will be developed with resources, infrastructure and fully dedicated team in our branch Itajubá to Helibras “says Jean Claude Junin, CEO of SDV Brazil Ltda, a company of the Bolloré group present in Brazil since 1974.

Already Akaer, based in Sao Jose dos Campos, will perform engineering services in the integration and installation of mechanical and electrical systems, under the coordination of the engineering Helibras.

“Akaer is a company dedicated to the development of aero-structures and project management turnkey for aerospace and defense. As already provide engineering solutions to major aircraft manufacturers, we believe we can contribute to this important project of the Brazilian aeronautics industry, which will be even better position with the expansion of Helibras, “said Cesar Augusto da Silva, CEO of Akaer.

Other companies already contracted depending on the program of the EC725 are: Turbomeca (Motor), Turbomeca / Sagem (Autopilot), Turbomeca / Microturbo (APU), Toyo Matic (vital part machining: Fist of the main rotor head) InbraAerospace (hoods and tail cone fairing and the intermediate structure in composite material), AEL (Avionics), Aernnova (tail cone structure in aluminum) , Rohde & Schwarz (Radio), RCS, GNS, and Master UNISTIL (manufacturing and machining tooling).

The Helibras is building a new factory to produce helicopters for the three Brazilian armed forces and its civilian version, the EC225, destined for operations offshore transport between the mainland and offshore oil platforms located offshore.

With an investment of $ 420 million, the company will also expand the number of employees from 300 at the time the contract was signed in 2009 to 1,000 people by 2015, when new facilities are fully operational.

The first three units of the EC725 have been delivered to the Navy, the Army and the Air Force at the end of last year. The completion of civil works at the plant in the Helibras Itajubá – MG is scheduled for later this year, and the start of production activities to take place in March 2012.

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