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Old 18th Feb 2005, 10:16
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EC 175

Has anyone got a picture, drawing etc of the new helicopter
EC-175, Eurocopter has on the drawing board?
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Behold the jewel in the crown from Marignane........

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Now that is funny
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No I think that would be a new Bell prototype wouldn't it?.
Looking old and and out of date.
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That's all I have found , any other source of info about ec-175?
Eurocopter and China to develop heavy-lifter EC 175

by Kim Rosenlof

During a Sunday morning press conference here at Heli-Expo, Eurocopter president Fabrice Bregier quietly announced a pending agreement with China to codevelop a new helicopter. Called the EC 175, the new 22,000-pound-gross-weight helicopter will be positioned between the EC 155 and the Super Puma to compete in the heavy-lift market.

“We are in deep talks for a huge program related to the codevelopment of new helicopters…which we believe would be very good for all of our export prospects,” Bregier said. “I am very confident that we will be able to confirm this agreement in the coming months.”

Although the Eurocopter president could not say more about the new helicopter program, the soft announcement underscores the growing investment that the multinational company is making in the Chinese market. Eurocopter has already licensed a Chinese manufacturer in Harbin to produce the EC 120 Colibri for the Asian market and has secured an order for 48 Chinese-built EC 120s to be used for light helicopter training. In addition, Eurocopter will be opening a subsidiary in China in 2005 to assist in the codevelopment of the EC 175.

“We have great expertise in codevelopment, and in working with the Chinese, who produced Eurocopter products under license 25 years ago,” Bregier said. “So we know each other, and it’s safer for both sides to launch coproduction and codevelopment in a way that shares the costs and the benefits.”

Eurocopter’s 2004 global expansion included Australian successes as well, including the delivery of the first of 12 ARH Tigers to the Australian air force, and the selection of the NH90 as the air force’s successor to the Black Hawk. Eurocopter also won a contract for the NH90 in Oman.

The growing acceptance of Eurocopter as a military helicopter manufacturer is apparent as the dollar value of military orders received by Eurocopter in 2004 exceeded that of civil orders. Of a €3.24 billion (approximately $4.02 billion) order book, military orders accounted for 51 percent, and Bregier estimates that the military share of Eurocopter sales will continue to outstrip the civil market, even as Eurocopter’s share of the civil market continues to grow. In the U.S., Eurocopter enjoyed a 50-percent market share in 2004 with 147 deliveries, up 1 percent from 2003.

To attempt to penetrate the U.S. military market, Eurocopter has partnered with Northrop Grumman as prime contractor to create a version of the NH90 acceptable to the U.S. military.

“We believe that the NH90 is by far the most modern, most militarized helicopter of this category,” said Bregier. “Depending on the end-user’s requirements, and working with Northrop Grumman’s outstanding knowledge, we could manage a very good value for the U.S. Air Force.”

In the meantime, Eurocopter received a contract from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security for up to 33 EC 120s and has already delivered to the U.S. Coast Guard 12 Dauphin re-engining kits manufactured at Eurocopter’s new plant in Mississippi. The USCG’s remaining fleet of 95 Dauphins will be outfitted with the kits within the next two years.

Eurocopter has also applied for FAA certification to manufacture the AStar at the Mississippi plant. The helicopter is scheduled to roll out the first U.S. certified aircraft in July.
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Called the EC 175, the new 22,000-pound-gross-weight helicopter will be positioned between the EC 155 and the Super Puma to compete in the heavy-lift market.
Wouldn't this make it a direct competitor with, or possibly a successor to, the Super Puma series
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If it weighs 22000 lb it won't be called a 175: the 7 refers to the weight category in tons (i.e. it would be 7 tons = 15400 lb approx).

If you're really bored I can tell you what the 1 and the 5 mean!
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isnt 5 the number of engines ? EC135 , EC145 , EC155 , AS355 AS365 etc ( I guess 5 upside down looks like 2) .What are boeing gonna do now they have run out of numbers . Do I win a prize ?.
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I wonder if it will look anything like an NH90? Weight class appears about right. Lots of new technology already paid for.

Just a thought.
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Widgeon,
yes, sort of. Ignore the old AS numbers as that was a different system. With EC designators, the first number is eithe 1 for civuil or 6 for Mil, the second is the weight category and the last digit is 0 for single engine or 5 for a twin. When the weight goes into double figures they add it to the first digit e.g the 12 ton EC-225.

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Question Website?

Is there a website to get some hot naked photos and details of this new EC?
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My guess is that this spins on the statement made by EC about a year ago that there might be a civil version of the NH-90. This was in response to the relative success of the S-92 against the Super Puma, where the new safety features and Part 29 certification made a real dent in customer's minds. I hear that sales of the 225 and the older 332 family have been quite disappointing.

The NH-90 could be the basis of a reasonable 10 ton helo, just under the EC-225, and it would have to be fully certified, giving the opportunity to get it to meet the latest regs, thus leveling the field against the 92.

The cost to develop a brand new set of transmissions and rotors is prohibitive, so the re-use of the NH-90 systems is a neat idea. Although the civil cert of the NH-90 rotors and transmissions is not very cheap, it is probably less than half the cost of starting anew, so the price of the new helo could be kept down.
My guess is that it will have more volume than the 225, and have a close varient of the NH-90's dynamics.
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The work share for the NH90 transmission is with AW , whether it is true or just an urban legend I am not sure , but i was told that AW desisgned the transmission so that any increase in MGW that would make the NH90 a competitor to the EH101 would be difficult and expensive.
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Eurocopter launches EC175

The S-76/AS365/EC155/Bell 412/AB139 segment gets even more crowded !

Another of the industry's worst-kept secrets, first touted at Heli-Expo in February. I'm not convinced over the civil focus of China's interest, though...


China in deal with Eurocopter to develop new helicopter
Agence France Presse 12/5

China on Monday signed a cooperation deal with the European helicopter manufacturer Eurocopter for the development of a new 6-7 tonne civil helicopter.

The deal was signed in Paris during a visit to France by Chinese Prime Minister Wen Jiabao.

The new 16-seater helicopter named the EC175 will go into development in 2006 and production is due to start in 2011, Eurocopter -- a subsidiary of the European consortium EADS -- said in a statement.

Eurocopter and the Chinese company ACIC II will each invest €300m to develop the new helicopter, the statement said.

"Production will be shared on a 50/50 basis and each country will have its own assembly line. Sales forecasts for this latest-generation helicopter call for 800 to be sold worldwide over the next 20 years," it said.

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I had to surrender my secret decoder ring so this is from memory .
1 means civil version , 7 = 7 tonnes , 5 = even number of engines ( as 0 equals odd number of engines) . DId i get it right ?. So the NH90 if it had been only EC product would be EC595 .
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Widgeon,
you are on the right track, but not quite.

Yes to 1 = civil, the weight and 5 = 2 engines (and 0 =1 engine.)

However, military a/c are designated 6 (now, they used to be 5 as in the 565). Coupled to that, if the weight is in double figures, as the NH-90 is, the weight is added to the 6 to keep the 3 number ident.

Classic example is the 225/725 family; it's a 12 tonne class a/c
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Sounds like the old US Navy method of naming helos HSS-1 = Helicopter (H), Anti-sub (S) , Sikorsky (S), 1st model (-1) which was the H-34. The HSS-2 was the SH-3, thank God they dropped the system, else the Sea Hawk would have been the HSS-3.

By the time you decoded the name, you could have bought a book about it.
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Thumbs down EC Plastic bombers

I think prior to unleashing any new products on the global scene Eurocopter should straighten out their lousy after sales support apart from providing distorted performance figures on some models. I hear rumours that some operator is phasing out EC aircraft because those ships were not able to carry the load as specified...
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EC 175

How many signed up for the head to head competitor to the AW139 (reference R&W Jan., 2006)? Has anyone committed to this aircraft yet or is it only for the Chinese market?
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According to Aviation International News, "Eurocopter will start taking orders for the EC175 in February 2008 at the Heli-Expo show in Houston, Texas."

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