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Mexico orders six EC725 helicopters


Eurocopter's EC725 helicopter.

MEXICO (BNS): Eurocopter, an EADS company has signed an agreement with the Mexican Ministry of Defense for the supply of six additional EC725 helicopters.

The medium-lift helicopters will reportedly be used by Mexico’s SEDENA (Secretaría de La Defensa Nacional) for use in transport and civil security missions.

The contract signed here represents a further consolidation of Eurocopter’s presence in Mexico, which is managed by its Eurocopter de Mexico S.A. de C.V. subsidiary. A majority of the country's government departments have been operating Eurocopter helicopters for decades, which are utilized in supporting the airlift and transportation needs of the Mexican President, the Navy Secretariat, the Ministry of Defense and other users.

"Such an important follow-on order underscores the confidence that Mexico’s government has placed in Eurocopter, which builds on our subsidiary’s 28 years of experience and investment in the country," Joseph Saporito, Eurocopter’s Executive Vice President – Commercial Helicopters was quoted as saying in the company news release.

The EC725 is the latest member of Eurocopter’s Cougar family. This 11-ton class medium-lift, twin-engine helicopter is equipped with five main rotor blades.

With its impressive fuel capacity, the EC725 offers a flight endurance of 5.30 hours. It can carry up to 29 passengers in addition to the flight crew, and was designed to perform a wide range of missions – including search and rescue, personnel transport, the airlift of medical supplies and food, and logistics support.

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