Airbus Helicopters and IAR have extended their exclusive
cooperation on the H215M multirole helicopter.
Under the agreement, IAR will act as
prime contractor for all future H215M orders that could be placed
by the Romanian Ministry of Defense.
It also covers cooperation
between Airbus Helicopters and IAR on the production, assembly,
customization, support and maintenance of the H215M helicopters
destined to the Romanian Armed Forces, and export if opportunities
Initially signed for 5 years, the agreement
has been extended to 15 years.
“We are proud to have extended this agreement as a result of a
long term trust between IAR and Airbus Helicopters,” said Neculai
Banea, General Director of IAR. “IAR has built over 360
helicopters under Airbus Helicopters’ license over the past
decades, which makes us confident in the future success of the
Airbus Helicopters has been present in Romania
for over fifteen years through its customer centre, Airbus
Airbus Helicopters Industries, a 10,000m² factory based
in Brasov, was inaugurated in 2016 and will house production of
the H215 in Romania.
“This 15-year agreement puts IAR and Airbus
Helicopters in the best position to meet the future needs of the
Romanian Armed Forces as they look at renewing their fleets of
medium and heavy multirole helicopters,” said Olivier Michalon,
Airbus Helicopters Senior Vice President, Head of Europe region.
“Our goal of delivering superior value for our Romanian customers
by offering the most complete line of products and services
underlines Airbus’ unfaltering commitment to Romania. Each major
Airbus business unit contributes directly to the strengthening of
the European defence industrial base. Today Airbus already
accounts for over 5,000 direct and indirect jobs in Romania,
through its divisions, Helicopters and Defence and Space,
Commercial Airplanes with Premium Aerotec, as well as industrial
partners like Aerostar, Turbomecanica, Aeroteh, Aerofina, etc.,
making the company the largest aerospace investor in the country.”