December 18, 2009

French-Chinese Helicopter Maiden Flight

The EC-175 helicopter was successfully tested yesterday in the skies above France. Jointly developed since 1995 by aerospace conglomerates Eurocopter and AVIC (of China), the EC-175 is a medium-lift twin-engined helicopter that can hold up to 16 passengers depending on configuration. The helicopter is the "product everyone is waiting for" in the civil aviation market according to Eurocopter spokesman. Both China and France have a production line and expect deliveries to begin in 2012. Although originally intended for the oil and gas industry, the EC-175 is being marketed for search and rescue missions and could easily have military application....

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