Saab, Eurocopter sign NH90 agreement

Aug. 25, 2011 at 6:51 AM
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LINKOPING, Sweden, Aug. 25 (UPI) -- Swedish defense company Saab has signed a framework agreement with Eurocopter for support and maintenance of its NH90 helicopters.

The contract with Eurocopter is worth about $789,000.

Eurocopter is the largest owner in the consortium NHIndustries, which designs and produces the NH90 helicopter. NHI has contracts for more than 500 NH90 helicopters with European defense forces comprising the majority of customers.

Saab already supplies the Tactical Mission System to NHI for the helicopters that are to be delivered to the Swedish military.

Under the contract Saab will assist Eurocopter Training Services with on-the-job-training for the Swedish military helicopter technicians. In addition, Saab will also be responsible for airworthiness and maintenance planning.

The assignment is for one year initially, with the option of a further one-year extension.

"This is a major success, demonstrating that Saab is a highly credible and attractive business partner for the maintenance of military helicopters," said Torsten Ohman, divisional manager responsible for the helicopter operations within Saab's Support and Services business unit. "We view this as the start of a long and deeper cooperation with Eurocopter in the future."

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