Eurocopter chooses Hispano-Suiza accessory gearboxes

Colombes, June 26, 2006

Hispano-Suiza, part of the SAFRAN Group, has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Eurocopter covering the drawing file, manufacturing-engineering, development testing and production of the two accessory gearboxes (AGB) mounted on the EC175 helicopter's main gearbox (MGB).

The design of these equipment is under Eurocopter's responsibility. However, the helicopter manufacturer will take advantage of Hispano-Suiza's broad experience in mechanical power transmissions for aircraft engines to jointly design these gearboxes for longer life and lower maintenance costs.

This MoU marks a significant step forward for Hispano-Suiza, since it extends the collaboration with Eurocopter on mechanical drive systems that started in 2002. At the end of 2005, Hispano-Suiza had already delivered to Eurocopter the prototype of a main gearbox module for helicopters in the 5 to 6-ton class.

The EC175, a 6 to 7-ton class machine being developed by Eurocopter in partnership with China's AVIC II (Aviation Industry Corporation II), will join the range offered by the world's leading manufacturer of civil helicopters.

Hispano-Suiza is a world leader in the design, manufacture and support of commercial and military engine control systems, power transmissions, power electronics and actuators. The company is also actively involved in R&D for advanced systems and equipment on tomorrow's "more electric" aircraft. Hispano-Suiza has two main facilities in the greater Paris area, at Colombes and Réau, and manages two operating units, in Peterborough, Canada and Sedziszow, Poland. Hispano-Suiza is part of SAFRAN, a high-tech Group operating in four main sectors: propulsion, communications, equipment, defense security.

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