The Kazakhstan government has placed an additional order for eight EC145 helicopters in terms of a framework agreement covering 45 aircraft, which are to be assembled in-country by the Eurocopter Kazakhstan Engineering joint venture.
These latest bookings are for six EC145 medevac and two search and rescue EC145 helicopters. The order was announced at the KASEX 2012 show held in Astana last week. In 2011, Eurocopter delivered six similarly-configured EC145s, which were assembled in Kazakhstan and delivered to the Ministry of Emergency Situations and Ministry of Defence.
"The new orders build on our successful cooperation with Kazakhstan, and will provide additional state-of-the-art helicopters to meet its vertical airlift needs in a full range of operations," said Olivier Michalon, Eurocopter's vice president of global business and services for Europe and Central Asia. "This marks a new step in our joint venture with Kazakhstan Engineering, which brings key capabilities in developing the country's aviation expertise."
With operations adjacent to Astana International Airport, the Eurocopter Kazakhstan Engineering joint venture is responsible for helicopter assembly and customisation, along with maintenance, support and training services. Eurocopter Kazakhstan Engineering also pursues sales activities throughout the region.