Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Mideast Nation Buys Eurocopter Light Attack Helo

 PARIS - An undisclosed Middle East country took delivery of an EC635 light attack helicopter armed with air-to-ground missiles, rockets and a 20mm gun last year, Lutz Bertling, chief executive of EADS Eurocopter, said Jan. 24.
The combat helicopter was "accepted on time" in the autumn by the Middle East client, Bertling told the New Year's press conference here.
The EC635 was delivered with the South African Ingwe missile, along with rockets, a 20mm gun, and a self-defense suite, Bertling said. He declined to say who the customer was.
Air forces of Iraq, Jordan and Switzerland fly the EC635, which is a militarized version of the twin-engine EC135. In the Middle East, Oman has bought 20 NH90 helicopters in the tactical transport version.

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