Thales announces helicopter partnership with SAVIC

Thales and Shanghai AVIC (SAVIC) confirms their partnership to provide joint solutions to the Chinese helicopter market at Airshow China in Zhuhai.

Thales will bring its latest certified helicopter avionics and technologies, while SAVIC will bring local expertise of systems integration, software development, customer support and through-life services.

The joint solution will be based on the Thales TopDeck certified helicopter avionics suite.

Olivier Guibert VP, Northern Asia & Country Director China for Thales, said: “Through long term cooperation, we aim to build our presence in China and further develop our joint efforts with the Chinese helicopter industry. The teaming agreement we’re signing today will enable us to offer safe, state-of-the-art and competitive solutions to the Chinese market.”

Wang Jinyan, president of SAVIC, said: “Thanks to the partnership with Thales, SAVIC can bring to Chinese customers comprehensive certified avionics suites tailored to their requirements at affordable price.”

Shanghai Avionics Corporation (SAVIC) belongs to AVIC group. Its main business covers technology research and product development of avionics systems.

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: or follow him on twitter @Terry_Spruce

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