Economy Minister Constantin Nita and Airbus CEO Guillaume Faury have signed yesterday a memorandum of understanding with Airbus Helicopters so that IAR Brasov will take part in the production of Super Puma Mk1 helicopters, Mediafax informs. Present at the event, Premier Victor Ponta reiterated that Romania already owns 8 EC-185 helicopters used by the Emergency Rescue Service (SMURD), and expressed his conviction that the Defense Ministry and the Interior Ministry will benefit from the Super Puma Mk1 project. “In the following period both the army, the National Defense Ministry, and the Interior Ministry need to modernize their fleets of helicopters and I am convinced that a product made in Romania with the highest technology at world level is a goal for the relevant ministries,” Ponta said. He added that a lot of work went into the project and the work has to continue, so that the production line for Super Puma Mk1 will open in 2015 and the first helicopter of this type made in Ghimbav will be able to fly in 2016.
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