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Eurocopter to debut X3 and EC175 helicopters at Paris Air Show

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MARIGNANE (BNS): Eurocopter will showcase the X3 hybrid demonstrator and the new EC175 helicopter at the upcoming 2011 Paris Air Show.

The X3 demonstrator is powered by a five-blade main rotor system and two propellers on short-span fixed wings – a combination that delivers excellent vertical takeoff and landing capabilities of a helicopter, along with aircraft-type fast cruise speeds and maneuverability.

The X3 hybrid helicopter works on a wide range of concept, including long-distance search and rescue (SAR) missions, coast guard duties, border patrol missions, passenger transport, offshore operations and inter-city shuttle services.

The EC175 presented at Le Bourget is one of two helicopters in the flight test and development programme, which foresees the rotary-wing aircraft’s certification during the second half of 2011 for deliveries beginning in 2012.

The Eurocopter presence at Le Bourget Airport also will comprise displays of its enhanced EC145 T2 and AS350 B3e helicopters, an AS565 Panther outfitted with the Stand Alone Weapon System (SAWS), the EC135 configured for law enforcement and customs missions, and a version of the EC175 tailored for search and rescue operations.

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