## Oct 24, 2002 ## 24 Oct 2002

Marignane 24.10.2002 Major Milestone for NH90 Program : Crash Test Completed

This Thursday, the future military transport and naval helicopter NH90 completed the crash safety test at Eurocopter's Ottobrunn facility in Germany. Except for a few marginal, non-critical areas, the helicopter proved its ability to withstand a crash. This is a major milestone for the NH90 program and an important prerequisite for the scheduled delivery of the helicopter to the armed forces of the five NAHEMA nations starting in 2004.

With representatives from the customer side as well as program employees, the center fuselage section of the NH90 with all equipment and instrumentation successfully demonstrated its ability to protect passengers in accordance with the customers’ specifications. For the test, the module was, among others, loaded with 13 dummies.

The central focus of the exercise was to test such vital characteristics as the integrity of the fuselage structure, the energy absorption of the lower floor structure, special load absorption mechanisms, the seal integrity of the fuel system and the proper functioning of the troop seats. The precise test data were obtained using complex measurement and high-speed film technology, and will be analyzed in detail over the days to come.

This test confirmed once again the quality of the advanced materials and fuselage technologies of Eurocopter which had already been proven in a similar crash test undergone by the Tiger combat helicopter.

The NH90 is a five-nation (Germany, France, Italy, the Netherlands and Portugal) transport and naval helicopter program by the industry consortium NH Industries, in which Eurocopter holds a 60% share. The five NAHEMA nations have already placed 377 NH90 orders, 253 of which are fixed orders and 55 are options, and there are 52 fixed orders and 17 options from the three Nordic countries Finland, Norway and Sweden.

Eurocopter is a wholly-owned subsidiary of EADS. EADS is a global aerospace and defence leader, and the world's second-largest in terms of revenues. It maintains a workforce of more than 100,000 and is a market leader in defence technologies, commercial aircraft, helicopters, space, military transport and combat aircraft, as well as related services. Its family of leading brands includes the commercial aircraft maker Airbus; Eurocopter, the world's largest helicopter manufacturer; Astrium, the space company and MBDA, the world's second-largest missile company. EADS is also the biggest partner in the Eurofighter consortium and heads the A400M military transport aircraft programme. EADS has more than 70 facilities in France, Germany, Spain and the UK and is active in markets around the world.

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## Jul 25, 2002 ## 25 Jul 2002

The NH 90 Production Takes Shape

The front and rear NH90 fuselage sections have been delivered to Eurocopter Deutschland facility in Donauwörth (Munich), which produced the centre one, for the imminent fuselage junc-tion of the first serial production NH90. In accordance with the original NH90 Programme, a single source manufacturer produced the fuselage modules: Eurocopter (Marignane) turned out the front, Eurocopter Deutschland the centre and Agusta (at Brindisi facility) the rear one.

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The Partner Companies are currently manufacturing the main fuselage modules for the next eight helicopters. These first modules will be delivered to Agusta and Eurocopter facilities for the junction, with the in site produced module, operated with the already used special mating jig. In addition, the first production main transmission assembly is currently put through bench-tests at the Agusta Cascina Costa facility.

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In parallel the Partner Companies had already placed the contracts for all the long lead items, mainly both engine types, sonics, FLIR, naval radar, and, in general, for all the equipment de-veloped under specific NHIndustries design.

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The NH90 Programme, which represents a landmark programme for Europe's defence, has made another important step forward. Eurocopter is a wholly-owned subsidiary of European Aeronautic Defence and Space Company (EADS). With revenues amounting to 30.8 billion Euro in 2001 and a workforce of 100,000, EADS is the largest European aerospace company and No. 2 worldwide. It is active in the sectors of commercial aircraft, helicopters, space, military transport and combat aircraft as well as defence technology and services.

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