Pumas at Bold Alligator 2012: A Eurocopter Perspective

02/29/2012
Eurocopter Supporting Global Military and Security Customers: An Interview with Patrick Le Barbenchon 4 Pumas operated off of the Mistral during the Bold Alligator Exercise.  They were used primarily to support the insertion of ground troops and to support ground maneuver. According to Murielle Delaporte:  “The artillery raid exercise involved…

An Update on European Aircraft December 2011

12/13/2011
12/13/2011: This posting provides an update on several developments regarding European built aircraft.  The slideshow provides some glimpses of ongoing developments at Eurocopter and Airbus Military in the global marketplace. [slidepress gallery='an-update-on-european-aircraft-december-2011'] Credit: Eurocopter and Airbus Military The first photo shows the Tiger helicopter, a key element of the French…

An Update on the X3: A Conversation with Hervé Jammayrac

07/02/2011
07/02/2011: During the Paris Air Show, Second Line of Defense talked with Experimental Test Pilot Hervé Jammayrac of Eurocopter.  Jammayrac provided an update on the aircraft and the test program.  In many ways, the new helicopter was a star at the airshow, bereft of many new flying aircraft. [slidepress gallery='an-update-on-the-x3']…

Shaping Manufacturing for Sustainability: The Eurocopter Approach (2)

05/03/2011
05/03/2011 - Following the interview with Alain Rolland, where the Senior VP outlined the core approach of Eurocopter in shaping its approach to manufacturing for sustainability, SLD visited the factory to view some concrete examples of the approach.Pierre Maret, the head of the Development Center for Excellence, focused on the…

Visiting the Dauphin Final Assembly Line

04/09/2011
Visiting the Dauphin Final Assembly Line: An Interview with Michel Guichard 04/09/2011 - During the SLD visit in February 2011 to the Eurocopter facilities in France, a tour was conducted of the new Dauphin Final Assembly Line (FAL).  The tour and interview was conducted with Michel Guichard, the Deputy Director…

Eurocopter Star Flex Technology

04/09/2011
Eurocopter Star Flex Technology: Building Rotor Hubs for Light and Medium Lift Helicopters 04/09/2011 - During the SLD visit in February 2011 to Eurocopter, Xavier Philippot, Head of the Star Flex Process, provided a tour of the composite facility where the main rotor heads or hubs are built for the…

Combat-Proven Tiger

12/21/2010
A Conversation with Dominique Maudet 12/21/2010 - The Tiger helicopter has been used by the French military in their Afghan engagement.  The operational role has been to work with two other helo types in providing crucial air capabilities for the French Army.  The impact of operations has highlighted the significance…

Building a High Speed Helicopter

12/20/2010
An Interview with Jean-Michel Billig 12/21/2010 - In early October 2010, Second Line of Defense had a chance to talk with Eurocopter about its new high-speed test helicopter, X Cubed. Jean-Michel Billig is Executive Vice President of Eurocopter for Research and Development. The slide show  and the accompanying video below…