Airbus delivers the first EC725 produced in Brazil
This milestone aircraft's handover occurred at the new rotary-wing center of excellence operated by Airbus Helicopters' Helibras subsidiary at Itajuba in Minas Gerais state. Representing a €160 million investment, the facility includes the EC725's final assembly line, test benches, a paint facility, training resources and a state of the art engineering center.
"The delivery is another key achievement in a program that remains on schedule and within the contractual budget, underscoring the dedication of all partners to its success," said Airbus Helicopters CEO Guillaume Faury.
Brazil's armed forces have received a total of 12 EC725s to date, with the previous 11 helicopters either supplied from Airbus Helicopters' production site in France or partially assembled at Helibras' Itajuba facility.With this latest delivery, the Brazilian Navy now has three EC725s in its inventory, while another five are operated by the Air Force, and four by the Army.
These helicopters have logged a combined total of 5,000 flight hours with the three military services.
The milestone rotorcraft provided to the Brazilian Navy went through its complete assembly at Itajuba, including the integration of mission equipment, flight line activities and industrial acceptance.
"The cooperation between France and Brazil gave rise to extraordinary results" said Eduardo Marson, CEO of Helibras. ■