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Airbus strengthens industrial footprint in Spain

4th December 2017 - 14:30 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

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The Spanish Ministry of Defence has officially signed over two Airbus Helicopters H215Ms to the Spanish Air Force, and two HAD/E Tigers and an NH90 to the Spanish Army, the company announced on 29 November.

The handover ceremony for the aircraft came as Airbus Helicopters outlined the role that its factory in Albacete, Spain, will play in the company's new industrial strategy.

The Albacete plant will become a centre of excellence for the manufacture of major components assemblies, specialising in the production and integration of the rear fuselages of all Airbus helicopters for the global market.

Airbus Helicopters’ strategy in Spain also includes the creation of a national support centre that will support the

helicopter fleets of the Spanish Ministry of Defence. In doing so, the centre will perform a similar role to existing sites in France and Germany.

Guillaume Faury, Airbus Helicopters CEO, said: ‘Adapting to the market situation, we have transformed our company to become more competitive and increased our industrial efficiency by specialising our production sites and expanding their competences.’
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