Eurocopter generated an increased turnover in 2010 with the delivery of 527 helicopters. The year also was marked by achievements in innovation, new products, services and the company’s SHAPE transformation program – all of which position the group for a future upturn of the civil and military rotary-wing marketplace.
The 2010 deliveries provided a turnover of 4.8 billion euros, representing a growth of six per cent compared to 2009. They included 28 NH90 multi-role military helicopters and 15 Tiger attack helicopters – twice as many as in 2009 for both aircraft – as well as the first three of 50 EC725s for the Brazilian Armed Forces and the 100th UH-72A delivered to the U.S. Army on time and on budget.
Bookings for the 346 Eurocopter rotary-wing aircraft included key Super Puma family contracts forMalaysia and Mexico, along with strategic Ecureuil orders in Russia and the United States.
Highlights in 2010 included the beginning of flight testing with Eurocopter’s X3 high-speed helicopter demonstrator which reached the speed of 180 knots only two months after first flight. In addition, the second EC175 prototype’s took its maiden flight. Flight testing also was initiated for the CH-53GA helicopter´s modernisation by Eurocopter for the German Army.