Helicopter deal sealed for £300 million

Denmark is to meet its multi-role search and rescue and troop transport requirements with the purchase of 14 EH101 helicopters from AgustaWestland for £300 million.

Denmark has announced today that it has selected the EH101 produced by AgustaWestland – a joint venture between GKN of the UK and Finmeccanica of Italy – to meet its multi-role search and rescue and troop transport requirements.

The order for 14 EH101s is valued at £300 million and is subject to satisfactory contract negotiations.

The EH101 was selected in a straight competition with the Sikorsky S-92 and NH Industries’ NH90 to replace Denmark’s long-serving fleet of Sikorsky S-61s.

According to a statement, an important element within the contract negotiations with Denmark will be the level of benefits accruing to Danish industry through industrial co-operation.

In October 2000 teaming agreements were signed with TERMA and Danish Aerotech to collaborate and further develop their existing business relationships.

As part of its commitment to Danish industry, AgustaWestland has already placed a number of contracts with Danish industry for the supply of a range of EH101 components including avionic floors and a recently placed contract for composite nose cap manufacture.

These contracts cover the requirements under current contractual obligations with the UK, Italian and Canadian Governments.