Airbus Helicopters and IAR Brasov have decided to extend their exclusive cooperation as regards the H215M Multi-Role helicopter, by sealing a 15-year agreement (from 5 years currently).
“According to this general agreement, IAR will become the main contractor for H215M for any future order by the Romanian Defence Ministry to replace its ageing fleet. Originally signed on a 5-year period, the agreement was extended to 15 years, further stressing the commitment of the Airbus Helicopters and IAR Brasov companies to contribute together to upgrading the Multi Role helicopters fleet of the Romanian forces in the long term,” a joint release by the two companies reads.
The announcement on the new agreement was made in the presence of the visiting French President Emmanuel Macron and his Romanian counterpart Klaus Iohannis.
“We are proud of having extended this agreement as a result of the confidence between IAR and Airbus Helicopters. IAR has built over 360 helicopters under Airbus Helicopters licence in the past decades, which makes us confident in the future success of the H215M,” the IAR managing director Neculai Banea said.
Airbus Helicopters has been present in Romania for over 15 years now through its Client Support Airbus Helicopters Romania centre, the turnover of which is 75 percent derived from export contracts. The plant, Airbus Helicopters Industries, covering 10,000 sqm in central Brasov County, was inaugurated in 2016 and will host the manufacturing of the H215 helicopters in Romania.
IAR Brasov, a majority state-run company, is one of the national leaders in aeronautics in Romania, specialising in helicopters’ manufacturing and maintenance. In 2016, it generated EUR 34 million in revenue and had rd 316 employees. IAR Brasov offers a wide range of services for both the Romanian army and for its international customers. These services consist mainly of maintenance, repair and upgrading of the military helicopters and spares’ supply.