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News > American Eurocopter Deliveries to U.S Customs and Border Protection Continue on Schedule

American Eurocopter Deliveries to U.S Customs and Border Protection Continue on Schedule

$150 Million Multi-year Contract Provides Agency with Up to 50 Additional AS350B3s 

June 17, 2009

Le Bourget, France — The US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has just taken delivery of its fifth AS350B3 since the beginning of the year. The delivery is part of the Light Enforcement Helicopter Contract that the Department of Homeland Security, which oversees the CBP, signed with American Eurocopter in July 2008. The aggressive delivery schedule calls for an initial order of 17 AS350B3s (five of which have been delivered) to be produced at the rate of almost one a month. The complete multi-year contract may result in orders for a total of 50 AS350B3s. The aircraft will be supplied in an indefinite quantity/indefinite deliver contract with a base year and four one-year options.

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“We have had a longstanding relationship since the 1980s with the Department of Homeland Security and its predecessor agencies” said Marc Paganini, American Eurocopter President and CEO. “This latest contract for AS350B3s underscores the aircraft’s effectiveness for the missions it undertakes, American Eurocopter is proud to be the primary provider of single engine helicopters for the CBP’s Air and Marine fleet.”

The CBP Air and Marine has the largest airborne law enforcement fleet in the world and is responsible for nearly 7,000 miles of shared borders between the United States and Canada and Mexico. It also oversees 2,000 miles of coastal waters. The agency has more than 270 aircraft in its fleet including 53 AS350s and 18 EC120s. Both the AS 350 and the EC120 are well-suited for the CBP’s surveillance missions and security patrol. “The AStar has been of the one most cost effective, reliable and productive aircraft that CBP has fielded along the borders in service to enhance the security of our nation’s borders” said Larry Roberts who oversees the contract as part of his responsibilities for EADS-NA as Director of Business Development for Federal Law Enforcement Aviation.

The AS350 is a powerful and reliable aircraft that has established itself with its unmatched performance, extensive mission equipment options and the safety of its multiple-redundancy system design. With its unparalleled visibility and proven law enforcement integration, the AS350 family has established itself as the preferred platform for U.S. law enforcement agencies and has become an essential tool in the fight against crime.

The AS350 is in service with 75 agencies across the nation, including major federal operators such as the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) and the Department of Justice.

This contract with the Department of Homeland Security could be worth over US$150 million. The first helicopter was delivered in December 19, 2008. All of these aircraft are being produced at American Eurocopter’s Mississippi facility. The CBP also has an additional five EC120s on order. The EC120 is the quietest helicopter in its class and offers excellent flight handling capabilities and superb visibility.

About American Eurocopter
American Eurocopter is the American subsidiary of Eurocopter, the largest helicopter manufacturer in the world, and EADS North America Holdings, the North American operations of EADS, the second largest aerospace and defense company in the world. American Eurocopter markets, sells and supports the broadest range of civil and para-public helicopters offered by any manufacturer. The product line represents the most cost-effective, technologically-advanced helicopters, ranging from light single to heavy twin, serving all markets and missions. American Eurocopter's headquarters and main facility are in Grand Prairie, TX, with a large manufacturing and production facility in Columbus, Mississippi and its West Coast Regional Support Facility, in Long Beach, CA.

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