The Eurocopter Group
Eurocopter Group is the organization behind the AS 350 B3, the helicopter selected for L'Esprit d'Intertechnique. Created in 1992, Eurocopter Group is the result of a merger between the Helicopter Division of Aerospatiale and MBB/Deutche Aerospace.
Today, Eurocopter Group is the largest helicopter manufacturer in Europe and the largest civil helicopter manufacturer in the world.
In 1996, this European company recorded revenues of over $1.6 billion, making it one of the world's largest ranking helicopter manufacturers.
With four main industrial establishments located in France (in Marignane and La Courneuve) and in Germany (in Ottobrun and Donauworth) and with a workforce of more than 9,500, the Eurocopter group provides the widest range of helicopters in the world. Spanning from 1.5 to 10 tons, the company covers 85 percent of the world market with eight helicopter types supplied in 14 versions, ranging from single-engined light helicopters to twin-engined, 9 ton helicopters.
More than 8,200 Eurocopter helicopters fly in 126 nations.
For more than 30 years, Eurocopter has made cooperation agreements with 32 nations for over 4,000 helicopters.
In the past, the group has devoted a large portion of its resources to the development of a new generation of helicopters. The future will mark the arrival of new programs such as the EC 135 lightweight twin-engined helicopter, the Tiger French-German attack helicopter, the NH 90 medium-sized helicopter developed jointly between France, Germany, Italy and the Netherlands, and the EC 120B Colibri, a lightweight helicopter launched jointly with China and Singapore..