AgustaWestland and Russian Helicopters agree to develop a new 2.5 tonne helicopter

AgustaWestland and Russian Helicopters enter into an agreement to develop new 2.5 tonne helicopter for the global market.
An AW109 and AW139 in flight.

An AW109 and AW139 in flight.

AgustaWestland and Russian Helicopters have signed a Heads of Agreement at the MAK 2013 show to develop a new 2.5 tonne helicopter. The agreement was signed by Daniele Romiti, CEO of AgustaWestland, and Russian Helicopters CEO Dmitry Petrov.

The new helicopter programme was first announced in the summer of 2012 and is intended to be shared on a 50/50 basis, with the new helicopter being designed for the worldwide market and a wide range of applications.

Dmitry Petrov, CEO of Russian Helicopters, said: “This agreement is a new step in the mutually beneficial cooperation between our companies. Russian Helicopters as a global rotorcraft market player is actively involved in international projects on manufacturing localisation and the development of new helicopter models. Our cooperation with AgustaWestland is moving forward successfully and has become one of our key priorities.”

Daniele Romiti, AgustaWestland CEO said: “This agreement with Russian Helicopters expands our successful partnership which started with the establishment of the joint venture HeliVert, for the local assembly of the best selling AW139 model. We are delighted to be progressing to the next stage of this programme covering the design and development stages. The soon to be completed technical and market assessment will allow us to define the  basis for a modern, cost/effective product to successfully compete globally.”

Terry Spruce

Terry is Senior News Editor and writes for both Corporate Jet Investor and Helicopter Investor. He is also responsible for our helicopter guides. Terry has been an aviation enthusiast since the early 1970s. He is a lapsed Private Pilot and ex-Piper Cherokee owner. He has flown a number of light aircraft and is comfortable sitting in the co-pilot's seat or the back of any aircraft. Before moving to journalism he was a banker for 20 years. You can contact him at: terry@corporatejetinvestor.com or follow him on twitter @Terry_Spruce

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