Finland orders helicopter protection

Sept. 2, 2011 at 9:42 AM

HALLI, Finland, Sept. 2 (UPI) -- NH90 helicopters flown by the Finnish military are to receive ballistic protection from Patria Aviation.

The Finnish company reported it signed a defense contract to design and manufacture the protective equipment, which can be installed when operations so require.

"The ballistic protection project is a prime example of how Patria's expertise and design knowledge gained during the assembly of NH90 helicopters can be used to improve the NH90 fleet's performance, while ensuring that the fleet can be used in all security situations," said Lassi Matikainen, president of Patria Aviation.

Finnish company FY-Composites Oy will supply the ballistic protection plates. Material technology developed by the company will be used in the protection plates' structures.

The project will be implemented during 2012–2014.

The monetary value of the contract was not disclosed.

Patria is a defense, security and aerospace group with international operations. It is owned by the government of Finland and the European Aeronautic Defense and Space Co., EADS N.V.

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