author Julie Guerin
Eurocopter UK as part of the Special Projects Multi Aircrafts Platforms Project Team Wins Minister (DEST) Acquisition Award
Minister for Defence Equipment, Support and Technology (DEST) Philip Dunne MP handed over the award to the Team.
These awards recognise and celebrate specific areas of procurement and included for this year a special category that acknowledged “Support to the London 2012 Olympics and Paralympic Games”.
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“We are pleased about this award, as it illustrates that our onshore industrial capabilities, which established us as the UK’s Civil Helicopter Hub over the last decades, are more and more recognized by the UK Government”, said Markus Steinke, Managing Director of Eurocopter UK Ltd. “Lean, cost-effective, capable solutions as provided by us every day to our customers in the UK out of Oxford, have now been more and more appreciated by the MoD”.
In the months before the Olympic Games Eurocopter provided the MoD with additional, highly UK customized aircraft, delivered in record time driven by exemplary ministerial and industrial collaboration.
During the Olympic Games, an estimated 7,000 flight hours of police and security air units were supported by Eurocopter’s Maintenance Mission Control Center. Steps taken by Eurocopter UK at this operational center for the Olympic Games included a doubling of such critical resources as the aircraft-on-ground hotline and technical services, implementation of a 24/7 maintenance duty roster, the management of vendor support for systems ranging from engines to mission equipment, and operation of 20 GPS-tracked mobile units. The local Olympic support was further backed–up by dedicated resources of Eurocopter’s primary facilities in Marignane, France and Donauwörth, Germany.
A total of 30 Eurocopter-built aircraft – including EC135s, EC145s and Puma MK1s – constituted the helicopter backbone for the Olympic Games’ security, operated by the London Metropolitan Police, the adjoining cities’ police forces, the British armed Forces, including the Royal Air Force.
Eurocopter UK Ltd and its predecessors have been present and highly active in the United Kingdom for over 30 years. Its contribution to the aerospace sector of the national economy includes the development of police aviation leading to a 75% market share, air ambulances (70% share), and well over 50% of the offshore oil and gas market. With more than 350 Eurocopter helicopters in civil and parapublic service, Eurocopter UK is leading onshore supplier of cost effective, state-of the art helicopter solutions. Its sites in Oxford, Aberdeen and elsewhere provide the full range of products and services for the rotary wing sector, including prime contractorship of the Puma Mk2 programme, and the supply and support of over 40 helicopters for UK Defence operational use and flight training.
About Eurocopter UK Ltd.
Eurocopter UK Ltd. is headquartered in Oxford, with additional bases in Dublin (Ireland), Belfast (Northern Ireland), Hawarden (Wales) and Aberdeen (Scotland). Through this fully-owned subsidiary, Eurocopter enjoys a reputation for innovation, high quality and a strong customer service ethos. Having achieved an exemplary performance in the design and customization, distribution and support of Eurocopter products for civil and public service customers during the past 30 years, Eurocopter UK also provides state-of-the-art services to the oil & gas Industry and the UK armed forces. The Ministry of Defence relies on 100 Eurocopter helicopters for transport, training and high end operational missions, and has awarded the Puma Upgrade Programme to Eurocopter UK Ltd. With over 450 helicopters in service in the British Isles, Eurocopter is the leading supplier of turbine helicopters in the United Kingdom.
Established in 1992, the Franco-German-Spanish Eurocopter Group is a division of EADS, a world leader in aerospace and defense-related services. The Eurocopter Group employs approximately 20,000 people. In 2011, Eurocopter confirmed its position as the world’s number one helicopter manufacturer with a turnover of 5.4 billion Euros, orders for 457 new helicopters and a 43 percent market share in the civil and parapublic sectors. Overall, the Group’s helicopters account for 33 percent of the worldwide civil and parapublic fleet. Eurocopter’s strong international presence is ensured by its subsidiaries and participations in 21 countries. Eurocopter’s worldwide network of service centers, training facilities, distributors and certified agents supports some 2,900 customers. There currently are more than 11,300 Eurocopter helicopters in service in 149 countries. Eurocopter offers the most comprehensive civil and military helicopter range in the world and is fully committed to safety as the most important aspect of its business.
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