Airbus Helicopters and Avicopter confirm joint production of EC175/AC352
Airbus Helicopters and China’s Avicopter today signed a joint agreement for the production of up to 1,000 new-generation EC175/AC352 over the next 20 years.
While development work has been equally shared between Airbus Helicopters and Avicopter for the EC175/AC352 project, production is likewise shared, combining the capabilities of both companies, it was said.
Coming from a common platform, two different rotorcraft are being built: the AC352, assembled and supported from China by Avicopter, mainly for the Chinese market; and the EC175, assembled and supported by Airbus Helicopters from Marignane, France, for the worldwide market.
The logical agreement was ceremonioulsly signed in the presence of Chinese President Xi Jinping and French President François Hollande at the Elysée Palace in Paris.
“Today’s agreement results from several years of close collaboration between our teams. It sets the stage for an unprecedented full-scale production framework by both partners and adds a new dimension to the relationship with Avicopter,” said Airbus Helicopters CEO Guillaume Faury.