Thursday, October 20, 2016

Airbus eyes India market for Panther MBe helicopters

Airbus Helicopters has delivered its first AS565 MBe Panther helicopter to the Mexican Navy. The next potential market for the Panther MBe appears to be India, where its name is being proposed for a Naval Utility Helicopter (NUH) programme.

The Mexican Navy recently took delivery of the first of ten AS565 MBe Panther helicopters it purchased in 2014, receiving the new version of the multi-role, medium class military rotorcraft. The Mexican Navy will receive three other units before the end of the year, and the remaining six by early 2018.

The helicopters that combine new and proven technologies will be operated by the Naval Aviation in the Gulf of Mexico and on the Pacific coast, where they will perform a range of missions including search and rescue, disaster relief transportation and evacuation, drug enforcement and coastal protection. Airbus Helicopters is a division of the Airbus Group.

In 2015, Airbus Helicopters generated revenues of €6.8 billion. This July, Airbus Helicopters awarded a contract to Mahindra Aerostructures to make airframe parts for the AS565 MBe Panther. Airbus Helicopters and Mahindra Group are proposing the Panther for India’s NUH programme.
19/10/16 Amrita Nair-Ghaswalla/The Hindu Business Line
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