An innovative total support solution for Eurocopter helicopters in deployed operations was launched today with a consortium agreement signed at the Paris Air Show by its five participants: Eurocopter, DAHER, DCI, Eurotradia and Vector Aerospace.
This solution – designated E-HOTS (Eurocopter Helicopter On Theatre Services) – consolidates the five partners’ expertise and pools their resources, providing a turnkey support package that covers an extensive range of services for rotorcraft in any deployed operation such as humanitarian and crisis relief missions, in conflict zones, and for oil and gas exploration.
The consortium agreement was officially signed at the Eurotradia booth, with participation from Olivier Lambert, Senior Vice President Sales and Customer Relations; Eurocopter; Trevor Pritchard, Business Development Director of Vector Aerospace UK; Didier Kayat, Executive Vice President of DAHER; Patrick Belval, Chief Operating Officer of Eurotradia; and Jean-Baptiste Pinton, Deputy Chief Executive Officer for DCI.
Benefits of E-HOTS include all-inclusive and versatile support for enhanced capabilities, with availability at short notice and the supply of services in austere conditions – backed by experienced operators. In addition, the ability to combine the resources of the five E-HOTS partners ensures that ready-to-use support packages specifically tailored the demanding operational needs of customers are available quickly – all while remaining highly cost effective.
"Deployed operations create some of the most challenging conditions for our customers, and the new E-HOTS partner teaming provides adaptable, capable and cost efficient services wherever they may be called to action,” said Eurocopter President & CEO Guillaume Faury.
"A historic partner to the Defence sector, DAHER has proven its know-how in the field of transportation, logistics and management for the withdrawal of armed forces in overseas operations. DAHER is pleased to provide this expertise to the E-HOTS consortium” said Didier Kayat, DAHER Executive Vice President.
E-HOTS service modules are available in four categories: maintenance, logistics, operations, and supplementary services – enabling support to be customized to operators’ unique requirements and provided during the required deployed durations.
"Vector Aerospace UK is pleased to offer its proven expertise in providing maintenance support for deployed helicopter operations, to complement the pooled strengths of this innovative international consortium,” said Michael Tyrrell, Managing Director of Vector Aerospace UK.
For quick cost comparisons, an express quotation tool will be available on the consortium website: www.e-hots.com
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About Eurocopter (www.eurocopter.com)
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 22,000 people. In 2012, Eurocopter confirmed its position as the world’s No. 1 helicopter manufacturer with a turnover of 6.3 billion Euros, orders for 469 new helicopters and a 38 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 more than 2,900 customers. There are currently more than 11,780 Eurocopter helicopters in service in 148 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.
About Vector Aerospace (www.vectoraerospace.com)
Vector Aerospace is a global provider of aviation maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services. Through facilities in Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom, France, Australia, South Africa, and Kenya Vector Aerospace provides services to commercial and military customers for gas turbine engines, components and helicopter airframes. Vector Aerospace's customer-focused team includes over 2,700 motivated employees. Vector Aerospace's UK business has significant experience in deployed maintenance operations.
About Eurotradia (www.eurotradia.fr)
Founded in 1921, Eurotradia International is a global consulting and services company with an active network of experts in over 50 countries. Eurotradia's scope of activities includes: the definition of service offers for aircraft operators (flight capacity delivery, setting up of logistic bases), risk analysis, legal and financial assessment; the supply of civilian or military aeronautical maintenance equipment (parts, tools, dynamic components); and the assessment of companies in order to bring local support tailored to the customer's needs.
Created in 1863 and present in 12 countries across the world, DAHER is an international tier-1 equipment and service supplier to the Aerospace & Defence, Nuclear & Energy and Capital Goods Industries sectors. DAHER has proven capabilities in the field of transportation, logistics and management of armed forces in overseas operations, from diagnostics through to the implementation of adapted operational services: engineering, industrial services, logistics and transport solutions.
With key operations in Europe, the Middle-East, Asia and Africa, DCI is a worldwide service provider for specialist support. In the Training & Operations field, DCI offers all types of courses used within Armed Forces, from basic level to highly specialized programs and training (academic, operational and technical). DCI Helicopter Services provides on theatre maintenance management, O & I level activities, as well as logistics and airworthiness management. With a majority of over 500 experts being active duty, reserve and retired military personnel, its unique and cross-disciplinary military culture enables a strong understanding of customer needs in-theatre.
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