ADAC Air Rescue orders EC145 T2
ADAC Air Rescue today signed its latest order in a framework acquisition agreement with Eurocopter for the purchase of 14 EC145 T2 and three EC135 P2e helicopters, which are to be delivered between 2013 and 2017.
The contract concluded today at the ILA Berlin Air Show was for an EC145 T2, which is part of the renewal strategy for ADAC Air Rescue’s current BK117 inventory. Signing the accord were ADAC Managing Director Stefan Wessling and Wolfgang Schoder, Eurocopter Executive Vice President – Programs.
With an existing fleet of 49 helicopters, ADAC Air Rescue is one of Eurocopter’s largest European customers in the emergency medical services market segment. Its new EC145 T2 rotorcraft signed for today will be delivered next year, joining the BK117, EC135, and EC145 helicopters already in the fleet.
“ADAC’s commitments for new helicopters and their associated SAR equipment represent an investment of over 130 million euros in the future of air rescue operations in Germany,” Wessling explained. “Eurocopter is providing an aircraft with unbeatable performance characteristics to replace our BK117 helicopters over the long term.”
Eurocopter’s EC135 P2e being acquired by ADAC Air Rescue is an improved version of the popular EC135 twin-engine helicopter, with an increased maximum takeoff weight. Currently, there are more than 1,000 EC135s in service worldwide.