Airbus Helicopters and IAR Brasov have signed a general agreement for an exclusive cooperation for the heavy twin engine H215M multi-role helicopter. Under this general agreement IAR will become the prime contractor for the H215M for any future order by the Romanian Ministry of Defense to replace their ageing fleet.
“We are proud to have signed this general agreement that results from almost 50 years of cooperation between IAR and Airbus Helicopters” said Neculai Banea, General Director of IAR. “IAR has built around 360 helicopters under license thanks to this successful partnership with Airbus Helicopters and we are looking forward to customizing and supporting the H215M” he added.
“This agreement is an important milestone in the construction of a European defense partnership. We are convinced that this relationship will last another 50 years and that the H215M will correspond perfectly to the needs of the Romanian armies” said Olivier Michalon, Senior Vice President, Head of Europe region.
Airbus Helicopters has been present in Romania for over fifteen years through its customer centre, Airbus Helicopters Romania, a successful enterprise since its creation with about 75 per cent of its turnover achieved through export contracts. Airbus Helicopters Industries, a 10,000m² factory based in Brasov, was inaugurated in 2016 and will house production of the H215 in Romania.
About IAR BRASOV
IAR Brasov is a majority state-owned company; it is a Romanian national leader in aeronautics, specialized in helicopter manufacturing and maintenance. In 2016, it generated revenues of € 34 million and employed a workforce of around 316. IAR Brasov offers a wide range of services for the Romanian army as well as for international customers. Such services consist mainly of maintenance, repair and upgrade of military helicopters and supply of spare parts.
Airbus is a global leader in aeronautics, space and related services. In 2016, it generated revenues of € 67 billion and employed a workforce of around 134,000. Airbus offers the most comprehensive range of passenger airliners from 100 to more than 600 seats. Airbus is also a European leader providing tanker, combat, transport and mission aircraft, as well as Europe’s number one space enterprise and the world’s second largest space business. In helicopters, Airbus provides the most efficient civil and military rotorcraft solutions worldwide.
French, German embassies hailing, supporting industrial cooperation between Airbus Helicopters, IAR
The French Embassy in Romania and the German Embassy in Romania are hailing and supporting industrial cooperation between Airbus Helicopters and Romania’s IAR which viability has been reconfirmed by the signing of a general agreement for an exclusive cooperation for the heavy twin engine H215M multi-role helicopter, reads a joint press statement of the two embassies.
“Based on cooperation going on for nearly 50 years between world’s aeronautics leader Airbus Helicopters and national aeronautics leader IAR, the agreement strengthens a strategic partnership with a future. This cooperation represents the symbol of a strong European commitment of our countries – Romania, France and Germany – in the field of industry and defence,” French ambassador to Romania Francois Saint-Paul is quoted as saying in the statement.
German ambassador in Bucharest Cord Meier-Klodt is quoted as highlighting in the statement the opportunities the agreement provides to Romania.
“As well as providing the potentials for ultra-modern jobs being created in Romania for Romanian workers, this joint Romanian-French-German project also opens up the opportunity for the consolidation in the world of Romania’s fame as a high-tech country,” said Meier-Klodt.
The statement also says the agreement demonstrates that Romania, together with France and Germany, are capable of industrial excellence. The Airbus Helicopters factory at Ghimbav, Romania was opened as part of an official visit to Romania on September 2016 of France’s President Francois Hollande. The statement says it contributes to increasing dynamics of aeronautics cooperation while creating jobs and implementing professional training projects in Romania.