EC120 copter to be made in China
( 2003-09-17 14:12) (China Daily)
China is expected to manufacture advanced EC120 helicopters in the near
future, said a high-ranking official with Hafei Aviation Industry Co on
"It has been approved in principle to let us build a new assembly line to
manufacture EC120 helicopters outside France," said Qu Jingwen, general manager
of the company.
Qu said the company was discussing the technology and application procedures
for airworthiness licences with Euro Copter and China Aviation Technology Import
and Export Corporation. A written agreement is expected to be signed by the end
of this year and the first aircraft is expected to roll off the production line
by the end of 2004.
The EC120 is a five-seater light helicopter. It was designed jointly by
France, China and Singapore in 1990.