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Thales upgrading avionics on helicopters
by Richard Tomkins
Paris (UPI) May 27, 2013

German Federal Police helos getting service from Airbus Helicopters
Kassel, Germany (UPI) May 27, 2013 - Airbus Helicopters has signed a long-term service and maintenance contract to service EC135 aircraft of the German Federal Police.

The maintenance, repair and overhaul, or MRO, deal was signed at the ILA Berlin Air Show by Airbus Helicopters and the NATO support agency, which was acting on behalf of the German law enforcement agency.

The value of the award was not disclosed, but Airbus said contract work would be performed over an initial three-year period, with provision for an additional two years.

A total of 41 EC135s are covered under the arrangement. The first is scheduled to arrive at Airbus Helicopters' Kassel-Calden maintenance facility before the end of this month.

"We are uniquely positioned to support the German Federal Police's helicopter inventory, bringing our full resources as the manufacturer of the EC135 to ensure their readiness," said Ulrich Amersdorffer, Airbus Helicopters vice president -- MRO Germany.

Services coming under the contract include phase inspections, engine inspections, replacement of operation time limit parts, and repair and overhaul of components.

Thales reports it is to modernize the avionic systems on the Brazilian Army's Esquilo/Fennec helicopters through its local subsidiary Helibras.

The modernized helicopters will receive the company's integrated electronic stand-by instrument, which performs three back up functions: artificial horizon, altimeter and airspeed indication.

The system is already outfitted on Sikorsky S-76D helicopters and has been picked by Airbus Helicopters for a variety of light and medium-lift helicopters.

"The selection of our IESI system by the Brazilian Army underlines the perfect fit of our solution for the upgrading of helicopters," said Yves Joannic, Thales vice president in charge of helicopter avionics. "Thales's IESI will offer the Brazilian Army the highest levels of reliability for their missions in any flight conditions."

Thales said its integrated electronic stand-by instrument is resistant to high-intensity radio frequencies and humidity and vibration. It can control back up a helicopter's automatic flight control system and radio management system.

A total of 36 aircraft will be upgraded with the avionics system by 2018, starting with six this year.

The value and other details of the contract were not disclosed.


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