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Eurocopter to display its latest-generation product range at the 2010 ILA Berlin Air Show

Tiger combat helicopter and NH90 NATO Frigate Helicopter presented / First public appearance of new NH90 MedEvac variant / "Eurocopter goes East" initiative welcomes Lithuania and Poland

(PresseBox) (Berlin, ) Eurocopter, the world's leading helicopter manufacturer in the civil and public services markets, will utilize this year's ILA Berlin Air Show to highlight the company's international market strength and its continuing ability to innovate.

The company's display features Eurocopter's state-of-th-eart military helicopters - the Tiger combat helicopter and NH90 NATO Frigate Helicopter - both of which are in service with several nations. A new medical evacuation (MedEvac) variant of the NH90 developed by Eurocopter with a view to future German military requirements, as well as a large array of the company's civil helicopters, will be shown in the HeliCenter static display and on the EADS Group's booth.

The Tiger, which is being delivered to Germany, France, Australia and Spain, will demonstrate its spectacular maneuverability in the air show's daily flying display. French Army Tigers have been successfully deployed in Afghanistan since mid-2009. The NH90 - of which 529 units are on order by 14 nations, and which is Europe's largest military helicopter program - is being delivered to Germany, Sweden, Italy, Australia, Finland, the Netherlands and France, with deliveries to further customers to commence this year. The NH90 in its naval variant, which is operated by the Royal Netherlands Navy, will be on display.

In the static display, Eurocopter is presenting a new MedEvac/CasEvac variant of the NH90 for the first time. The company developed this variant to meet future German military requirements as a premium solution for medical evacuation, casualty evacuation and combat search & rescue missions.

Emphasizing its market success in the new member states of the European Union, as well as Eastern Europe, a Lithuanian Border Guard EC145 is being shown on the EADS exhibit (Stand #100 in Hall 7), while an emergency medical services-configured (EMS) EC135, the 11th out of a total of 23 ordered by the Polish Ministry of Health, is included in the HeliCenter static display.

Rounding out Eurocopter's presence in the HeliCenter static display are a Eurocopter-upgraded German Army CH-53GA for personnel recovery missions, an EMS-configured EC145 of the DRF (Deutsche Rettungsflugwacht), an EC145 Stylence aircraft for VIP and corporate missions, an EC135 of the Bavarian Police and an EC120 for executive transport and training missions.

True to the company's tradition of setting and raising the standards in the industry, Eurocopter also will participate in ILA's helicopter conference program with several presentations of new concepts and technologies. In the EADS static display pavilion, new helicopter technologies for enhanced environmental compatibility are being presented. The company's renowned maintenance, repair and overhaul capabilities are shown on Eurocopter's booth in the HeliCenter. All around ILA Berlin, several other Eurocopter helicopters will be displayed by the company's customers.

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Established in 1992, the Franco-German-Spanish Eurocopter Group is a Division of EADS, a world leader in aerospace, defense and related services. The Eurocopter Group employs approx. 15,600 people. In 2009, Eurocopter confirmed its position as the world's No. 1 helicopter manufacturer in the civil and parapublic market, with a turnover of 4.6 billion Euros, orders for 344 new helicopters, and a 52 percent market share in the civil and parapublic sectors. Overall, the Group's products account for 30 percent of the total world helicopter fleet. Its strong worldwide presence is ensured by its 18 subsidiaries on five continents, along with a dense network of distributors, certified agents and maintenance centers. More than 10,500 Eurocopter helicopters are currently in service with over 2,800 customers in more than 140 countries. Eurocopter offers the largest civil and military helicopter range in the world.

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