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FIDAE 2012: Helibras soon to begin local assembly of EC725s

29th March 2012 - 09:34 GMT | by Tony Osborne in Santiago, Chile


The Brazilian subsidiary of Eurocopter, Helibras, is preparing to start the assembly of EC725 helicopters for the Brazilian armed forces' H-XBR programme.

A new final assembly line building for the EC725 is now complete at the company's site at Itajuba in Minas Gerais state and work on the first Brazilian assembled aircraft will begin in early April with the first Brazilian-built aircraft due to make its first flight about a year later.

'There have been many changes at Helibras over the past year, this is a very exciting time for us,' Helibras CEO Eduardo Marson Ferreira told Shephard.


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Tony Osborne


Tony Osborne

Tony was deputy editor of Defence Helicopter and Rotorhub magazines before joining Aviation Week in …

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