DGA orders two helicopters for maritime safety
As previously announced by Eurocopter, the French government's procurement agency, the DGA has ordered two Eurocopter EC225s for maritime search and rescue.
The aircraft will be used by the Navy to replace the Super Frelon helicopters which will be decommissioned some time next year.
They will operate from Lanvéoc and are due to arrive in March and June 2010.
Weighing in at 11 tons the EC-225 can carry up to 24 passengers. Its maximum speed is 325 km/h. For rescue missions at sea, the SAR EC-225 is equipped with a winch to hoist two people simultaneously or a stretcher. The four-axis autopilot allows the pilot to hold a hover over the area of intervention in poor weather conditions.
Its crew includes two pilots, a winchman, a diver and a doctor when needed. Equipped with additional tanks, the EC225 be able to perform a rescue at 250 nautical (465 km) and rescue up to 15 people.
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