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18 déc. 2015 Airbus HC

 

H225 FFS at Helibras Training Centre in Rio de Janeiro.
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5 janvier 2015 1 05 /01 /janvier /2015 17:25
AS550 Fennec photo Felipe Christ - Helibras

AS550 Fennec photo Felipe Christ - Helibras

 

5 Jan 2015 By: Dominic Perry - FG

 

Helibras has delivered the first four of 36 Airbus Helicopters AS550 Fennec and AS350 Squirrel helicopters it is modernising for the Brazilian army.

Performed at the Airbus Helicopters subsidiary's Itajubá facility, upgrades for the light single-engined rotorcraft include a glass cockpit, new communication and navigation systems and additional ballistic protection.

 

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18 juin 2014 3 18 /06 /juin /2014 07:25
Airbus Helicopters delivers the first EC725 produced in Brazil
From left to right : Mrs Perpetua Almeida, President of the Committee of Foreign Affairs and National Defense in the House of Representatives; Admiral Julio Soares de Moura Neto, Commander of the Brazilian Navy; Eduardo Marson, CEO of Helibrás; Admiral Wilson Barbosa Guerra, Commander of Naval Operations and Secretary of Science, Technology and Innovation of the Brazilian Navy; Richard Marelli, vice president of Industrial Helibrás. © Helibras

 

Itajubá, Brazil,,  17 June 2014 airbus-group.com

 

The first “built-in-Brazil” EC725 was provided to the Brazilian Navy last Friday, marking a major milestone in Airbus Helicopters’ cooperation with the country to supply mission-ready multi-role rotorcraft for its three military services and to develop a capable national helicopter industry.

This milestone aircraft’s handover occurred at the new rotary-wing center of excellence operated by Airbus Helicopters’ Helibras subsidiary at Itajubá in Minas Gerais state. Representing a €160 million investment, the facility includes the EC725‘s final assembly line, test benches, a paint facility, training resources and a state of the art engineering center.

“The delivery is another key achievement in a program that remains on schedule and within the contractual budget, underscoring the dedication of all partners to its success,” said Airbus Helicopters CEO Guillaume Faury. “It also highlights our long-term commitment to dual goal of enhancing Brazil’s heli-lift capabilities while developing a world-class rotorcraft industry in the country.”

Brazil’s armed forces have received a total of 12 EC725s to date, with the previous 11 helicopters either supplied from Airbus Helicopters’ production site in France or partially assembled at Helibras’ Itajubá facility.With this latest delivery, the Brazilian Navy now has three EC725s in its inventory, while another five are operated by the Air Force, and four by the Army.

These helicopters have logged a combined total of 5,000 flight hours with the three military services.

The milestone rotorcraft provided to the Brazilian Navy went through its complete assembly at Itajubá – including the integration of mission equipment, flight line activities and industrial acceptance.

“The cooperation between France and Brazil gave rise to extraordinary results” said Eduardo Marson, CEO of Helibras. “The helicopter was assembled on-site by highly committed Brazilian and French teams, who contributed to the success of another milestone in the transfer of technology and in nationalizing the EC725’s production". As part of developing an in-country supply chain for the EC725, Helibras already has signed contracts with 16 Brazilian companies for the supply of components, parts and services. Ultimately, EC725s supplied to the Brazilian armed forces will have 50 percent domestic content.

The EC725 is Airbus Helicopter’s latest member of its Super Puma/Cougar helicopter family. As a highly capable twin-engine helicopter in the 11-metric-ton category, it is designed for multiple missions, including combat search and rescue, long-range tactical transport, aeromedical transport, logistic support and naval duties.

About Airbus Helicopters

Airbus Helicopters, formerly Eurocopter, is a division of Airbus Group, a global pioneer in aerospace and defense related services. Airbus Helicopters is the world’s No. 1 helicopter manufacturer and employs more than 23,000 people worldwide. With 46 percent market share in civil and parapublic sectors, the company’s fleet in service includes some 12,000 helicopters operated by more than 3,000 customers in approximately 150 countries. Airbus Helicopters’ international presence is marked by its subsidiaries and participations in 21 countries, and its worldwide network of service centers, training facilities, distributors and certified agents. Airbus Helicopters’ range of civil and military helicopters is the world’s largest; its aircraft account for one third of the worldwide civil and parapublic fleet. The company’s chief priority is to ensure the safe operation of its aircraft for the thousands of people who fly more than 3 million hours per year.

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27 mai 2014 2 27 /05 /mai /2014 11:25
Un IESI Thales pour les hélicoptères de l’armée de Terre brésilienne

Thales fournira son instrument intégré IESI (Integrated Electronic Stand-by Instrument) pour moderniser la flotte d’hélicoptères Esquilo/Fennec de l’armée de Terre brésilienne. Photo ERAZ

 

26 mai Aerobuzz.fr

 

Thales fournit un système avionique pour moderniser les 36 hélicoptères Esquilo/Fennec de l’armée de Terre brésilienne. Le programme de rétrofit devrait s’achever en 2018. La première phase, qui prendra fin en 2014, verra l’intégration de l’IESI (Integrated Electronic Stand-by Instrument) de Thales à bord des six premiers hélicoptères, cette opération étant réalisée par Helibras, la filiale brésilienne d’Airbus Helicopters.

 

L’instrument IESI assure trois fonctions de secours essentielles : horizon artificiel, altimètre et anémomètre, regroupées en une seule LRU (Line Replaceable Unit). Déjà installé à bord du Sikorsky S-76D, l’IESI a également été retenu par Airbus Helicopters pour sa gamme d’appareils léger/moyen tonnage, dont ceux de la famille Ecureuil, EC135, EC145, EC155, EC175 et leurs version militaires, incluant les hélicoptères AS 365 K2 Super Pantera modernisés.

 

Parfaitement adapté aux différentes missions des hélicoptères, l’IESI de Thales se montre très performant à faible vitesse, basse altitude et avec un taux de virage élevé. La résistance aux champs rayonnés à haute intensité (HIRF), la durabilité en environnement humide, salin et fortement vibratoire a été poussée à des niveaux jamais atteints avec ce type d’équipement. Ces caractéristiques assurent une exploitation optimale en toutes circonstances, et se traduisent par le niveau de fiabilité et de sécurité en vol le plus élevé dont on puisse disposer, associé à un faible coût direct de maintenance. L’IESI de Thales peut également accueillir et contrôler d’autres fonctions de secours, comme les systèmes de commandes de vol automatique (AFCS) ou les systèmes de gestion des communications radio (RMS), en fonction des besoins du client

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27 novembre 2013 3 27 /11 /novembre /2013 08:25
EC725 photo Helibras Felipe Christ

EC725 photo Helibras Felipe Christ

 

26.11.2013 Romain Guillot journal-aviation.com

 

Le premier exemplaire de l’EC725 Cougar intégralement produit au Brésil par Helibras (Helicópteros do Brasil S.A.), filiale d'Eurocopter, a effectué son vol inaugural le 21 novembre dernier depuis les installations de l’industriel à Itajubá (État du Minas Gerais). L’hélicoptère porte l’identifiant BRA 17.

 

Helibras précise que ce premier vol intervient deux mois avant la date limite du calendrier prévisionnel fixé pour ce programme. Cet appareil est destiné à la marine brésilienne avec une livraison prévue pour le second semestre de l’année prochaine. L’hélicoptériste brésilien ajoute que sept autres exemplaires sont actuellement sur la ligne d’assemblage.

 

Le Brésil avait signé un contrat avec Helibras pour l’acquisition d’une cinquantaine d’EC725 destinés à la marine, à l’armée de terre et à la FAB (Força Aérea Brasileira) en 2009. Si les huit premiers exemplaires de ce contrat ont été assemblés à Marignane, tous les autres appareils seront intégralement produits sous licence à Itajubá jusqu’en 2017. Ce contrat de 1,8 milliard d’euros comprend un certain nombre de transferts technologiques avec 50% des éléments des hélicoptères produits au Brésil.

 

Helibras a également rappelé que l’usine Itajubá avait nécessité un investissement de l’ordre de 136 millions d’euros pour la construction d’un hangar abritant la ligne d’assemblage, un nouveau banc d’essai, un atelier peinture ainsi que la formation des employés brésiliens en France. Elle produira également la version civile EC225 (Super Puma) destinée à des clients brésiliens et sud-américains, notamment pour des opérations offshore liées aux industries pétrolière et gazière.

 

Rappelons que les EC725/EC225 brésiliens sont équipés des turbines Makila 2 ainsi que des groupes auxiliaires de puissance Saphir 20 produits par la nouvelle usine de Turbomeca do Brasil à Xerèm, dans l’État de Rio de Janeiro.

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17 septembre 2013 2 17 /09 /septembre /2013 12:25
Eurocopter Technology Transfer Sees Brazilian-made Countermeasure System Integrated on Military Aircraft

Sep 17, 2013 ASDNews Source : EADS

 

Helibras has successfully completed flight testing of a chaff and flare countermeasures dispensing system for EC725 helicopters, completing a first-of-its-kind system integration project in Brazil and marking another key phase in Eurocopter’s contract to supply 50 of these Super Puma/Cougar family rotorcraft to the Brazilian armed forces.

 

Six flights were performed with the self-protection system – which is used to detect and identify threats to the aircraft and confuse heat-seeking and radar-guided missiles – validating its operation and integration with the helicopter’s other functions. The system was developed by Helibras’ Engineering Center under the supervision of Chief Engineer Walter Filho.

 

Performed by a Brazilian Helibras crew of flight test pilot Patrik Correa and flight test engineer Dreyfus Silva, the airborne evaluations checked the dispensing of flares and chaff throughout the EC725’s entire flight envelope – using one of the helicopters produced for the Brazilian armed forces.

 

These flights occurred at Santa Cruz Air Base near Rio de Janeiro and were made possible through the cooperation of Helibras with the Brazilian Air Force, and coordinated through Brazil’s national Aerospace Technology and Science Department. The Brazilian Navy provided one of its Eurocopter Super Puma AS332 L1 helicopters to accompany the EC725 in flight, ensuring the tests were carried out safely.

 

The self-protection system’s in-country development is part of Eurocopter’s ambitious technology transfer program, enabling Brazilian defense organizations and companies to enhance their technical capabilities while opening significant growth opportunities for the nation’s industry. The program currently comprises several industrial cooperation projects and offset activities.

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