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19 Nov 15. FLIR Reaffirms Commitment to the UAE with new Abu Dhabi Facility. FLIR announces the opening of a new FLIR Abu Dhabi facility, which will provide enhanced training, service and customer support to local partners for our ever-expanding base of deployed products in the region. The United Arab Emirates (UAE) is a key growth area for FLIR’s commercially developed, military qualified products, and is a proven defense innovator. The opening of our new facility further reinforces our investment in providing this region with the solutions they need today and tomorrow.
“FLIR is committed to providing exceptional support to our customers worldwide, and is proud to be a long term partner with the UAE,” said Steve Williams, Vice President, Global Sales at FLIR. “We look forward to expanding our local capacity for world-class training and support, and providing the region with the responsiveness customers have come to expect from FLIR.”
In addition to regional service facilities in Dubai and Saudi Arabia, the new 244-square metre facility in Khalifa Park, Abu Dhabi further proves FLIR’s loyalty and growing presence in the UAE, while providing our expanded base of customers and partners 24/7 support, training and service.
17 Nov 15. In a ceremony held by Guillaume Faury, CEO of Airbus Helicopters, and in the presence of Alexandru Nastase, Secretary of State, Airbus Helicopters set down the foundation stone of its new Romanian factory, established to assemble the latest helicopter to join the H Family of aircraft – the H215. The H215 is an evolution of the former AS332 C1e/L1e, offering a new business and industrial concept for this ready, proven and affordable helicopter, proudly built in Romania. Under the control of Airbus Helicopters Industries, the 10,000m² factory based in Brasov will house H215 production from procurement to after-sales, including design office activities, and will provide jobs to more than 300 employees in the long term. The modern assembly line with its takt time flow line will be capable of producing up to 15 aircraft per year. The first H215 to roll out of the assembly line is planned for 2017. All H215 helicopters will come off the final assembly line in a highly capable standard configuration, able to support an extensive list of optionals (“shopping list”) ready to be selected. This new concept will allow the aircraft to best meet customers’ expectations and serve a wide range of missions, providing a modern and cost-effective solution for markets such as utility, United Nations peacekeeping operations and logistic support missions.
“This new 100% Airbus Helicopters industrial centre is capitalizing on a successful history of aircraft heavy maintenance and complex upgrade programs in Romania and cooperation in the country that goes back more than 40 years,” said Serge Durand, managing director of Airbus Helicopters Industries. “The aim is to offer our customers a completely new and modern business concept by proposing a standardized equipment definition for rapid production times and cost-effective acquisition prices,” he added.
The H215 is a twin-engine, versatile, economic and robust helicopter that combines advanced avionics and a reliable platform for rugged multi-mission capabilities. It offers long range capabilities, power, speed, a large useful payload and very good lifting performance in hot and high environments. Both EASA and FAA certified, the aircraft is equipped with the latest, most modern technologies meeting the latest safety requirements of the market. This includes a glass cockpit and the renowned 4-axis autopilot used on the H225, which provide