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Airbus Helicopters and AVIO AERO sign agreement for technologically advanced helicopter accessory gearboxes


Rivalta di Torino (Italy), December 18, 2014 – Airbus Helicopters and Avio Aerosigned an agreement for the supply of the transmissions of future advanced helicopters: Avio Aero will manufacture and test gearboxes for further installation on Airbus new generation twin-engine helicopters, including X4. The 25-year contract is worth over 250 Million US dollars.

The agreement came after years of successful collaboration between the two companies: Avio Aero and Airbus Helicopters worked together on the innovative Main Power Transmission Gearboxes for the three-engine heavy transport Super Frelon helicopter, the twin-engine medium transport Puma helicopter and the medium-weight multipurpose twin-engine Dauphin helicopter.

“The agreement is a step forward in strengthening our market positioning in helicopter transmissions", said Riccardo Procacci, CEO Avio Aero. "The company has over 50 years of successful experience into transmissions technology which are one of our strategic product pillars for future's growth. Our leading-edge technology capabilities are key to our commitment in delivering product excellence and best services to our customers”.

ABOUT Avio Aero

Avio Aero is a GE Aviation business working on the design, production and maintenance of components and systems for the civil and military aeronautics industry. Avio Aero is the centre of excellence for the entire General Electric group in the field of mechanical transmissions and low pressure turbines. Italy is home to the main headquarters and important plants in Turin, Pomigliano d’Arco (Naples) and Brindisi. Worldwide it employees 4700 people (about 4000 in Italy) and has production plants in Poland, Brazil and China. Avio Aero’s origins date back to 1908 and for more than a century the company has led the way in numerous technological challenges. Its ongoing investment in research and development combined with a solid working relationship with leading international universities and research centres has enabled Avio Aero to develop technological and manufacturing excellence recognised at global level: a result proven by the partnerships entered into with the leading worldwide operators in the aeronautics industry.