Eurocopter UK wins Minister (DEST) Acquisition Award

Eurocopter UK was presented with a “Recognition of Achievement Award” on 27 November at the Minister (DEST) Acquisition Awards 2012 held in the Ministry of Defence Main Building in London,

Minister for Defence Equipment, Support and Technology (DEST) Philip Dunne MP handed over the award to the team.

These awards recognise and celebrate specific areas of procurement and included for this year a special category that acknowledged “Support to the London 2012 Olympics and Paralympic Games”.

“We are pleased about this award, as it illustrates that our onshore industrial capabilities, which established us as the UK’s Civil Helicopter Hub over the last decades, are more and more recognized by the UK Government”, said Markus Steinke, managing director of Eurocopter UK Ltd. “Lean, cost-effective, capable solutions as provided by us every day to our customers in the UK out of Oxford, have now been more and more appreciated by the MoD”.

In the months before the Olympic Games Eurocopter provided the MoD with additional, highly UK customised aircraft, delivered in record time driven by exemplary ministerial and industrial collaboration.

During the Olympic Games, an estimated 7,000 flight hours of police and security air units were supported by Eurocopter’s Maintenance Mission Control Centre.

Terry Spruce

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