5-Jan-2012 Source: Eurocopter
The Helibras subsidiary of Eurocopter will supply and manage all spare parts, stocks and related technical support for the Brazilian armed forcesâ€™ fleet of 50 EC725 helicopters, offering significant savings and operational synergies for the countryâ€™s three military services operating the twin-engine rotary-wing aircraft.
This responsibility is being assigned to Helibras under terms of a five-year contract, which marks the first such agreement involving all three branches of Brazilâ€™s military services. The accord is valued at approximately 150 million Brazilian Reais ( 62 million euros), and covers the 50 EC725s being assembled at Helibrasâ€™ new manufacturing facility in ItajubÃ¡ for the Brazilian armed forces.
â€œThe establishment of strategic stocks specifically for the Brazilian military will lead to important savings in the purchase of spare parts,â€ said Helibras CEO Eduardo Marson Ferreira. â€œNo longer will it be necessary for each branch of the armed forces to have its own supply structure, since Helibras will take care of everything.”
Included in Helibrasâ€™ activity will be helicopter inspection, overhaul and repair, as well as the deployment of teams to provide on-site services at bases where EC725s are located.
The first three EC725s delivered to the Brazilian armed forces in December 2010 are now being operated by the countryâ€™s army, navy and air force.
The EC725 is Eurocopterâ€™s latest version of its Super Puma/Cougar helicopter family. As a highly capable rotary-wing aircraft in the 11-metric ton category, the EC725 is designed for multiple missions, including combat SAR (search and rescue), long-range tactical transport, aeromedical transport, logistic support and naval missions.